The Mets have acquired an international bonus slot from the Angels in exchange for minor league right-hander Gaither Bumgardner, the teams announced. It has been reported that the Mets will add $239,400 to their pool with this move.
Bumgardner was the Mets’ 23rd-round pick back in 2013. Though he’s 24 years of age, Bumgardner has progressed to just the Class-A level. The South Carolina native has tossed 65 2/3 innings as a pro, working to a 3.84 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9. He did not find himself ranked among the Mets’ top prospects entering the year.
The Mets got the Dodgers’ slot No. 90, giving them an extra $239,400, according to Baseball America, to spend on international players before facing penalties.
The international signing period begins July 2.