FLUSHING, N.Y., February 1, 2021 — The New York Mets today announced that they have acquired RHP Jordan Yamamoto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league infielder Federico Polanco. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated infielder Robel García for assignment.
Yamamoto, 24, went 4–5 with a 4.46 ERA (39 earned runs/78.2 innings) and 82 strikeouts in 15 starts with Miami in 2019. The 6–0, 185-pounder ranked third in the majors (min. 15 starts) with a .191 opponent batting average and a 6.18 hits per nine innings ratio behind Justin Verlander (.172, 5.53) and Gerrit Cole (.186, 6.02).
He was just the second pitcher since 1900 to win each of his first three career starts and allow seven-or-fewer hits, joining Cincinnati’s Wayne Simpson in 1970, according to Elias. Yamamoto has never allowed more than seven hits in any of his 18 major league starts.
Yamamoto went 0–1 in four games, three starts over 11.1 innings in 2020.
The Pearl City, HI native has 95 strikeouts and allowed 81 hits in 90.0 career innings in 19 games, 18 starts with a 4–6 record over two years in the majors.
Polanco, 19, has hit .244 (110–450) with 20 doubles and 50 RBI in two minor league seasons.
García, 27, was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on October 26, 2020. He hit five homers in 31 games with the Chicago Cubs in 2019.