METS ACQUIRE LHP BROOKS RALEY FROM TAMPA BAY
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 7, 2022 – The New York Mets today announced that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Keyshawn Askew.
Raley, 34, appeared in 60 games with the Rays last season. He went 1-2 with six saves and a 2.68 ERA (16 ER/53.2 IP) with 15 walks and 61 strikeouts. In 2022, he held left-handed hitters to a .155 (11-71) batting average with three walks and 25 strikeouts.
Over his major league career, lefties have hit .170 (37-218) against him with 13 walks and 86 strikeouts. Since returning from a five-year stint in Korea in 2020, left-handed hitters have gone 30-181 (.166) against Raley, good for the second-lowest opponent batting average vs. lefties in the majors over the last three seasons (min. 175 LHB faced).
Over the course of five major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2012-2013), Cincinnati Reds (2020), Houston Astros (2020-2021) and Rays (2022), he is 4-8 with nine saves, a 4.64 ERA (83 ER/161.0 IP) with 56 walks and 183 punchouts.
The southpaw spent five seasons with the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization from 2015-2019, pitching to a 48-53 record in 152 games (151 starts) with a 4.13 ERA (418 ER /910.2 IP) with 271 walks and 755 strikeouts.
Raley graduated from Uvalde High School in Texas before attending Texas A&M. He was originally selected by Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Askew, 22, was the Mets’ 10th-round selection in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft. In 22 appearances (nine starts) over two minor league seasons with New York, he was 7-0 with a 2.27 ERA (19 ER/75.1 IP).