Mets trade to Smoker to Pirates for minor leaguer reliever

FILE - In this April 10, 2017, file photo, New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker (49) walk on the field during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. Smoker was traded from the Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, for minor league left-hander Daniel Zamora and cash. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson, File)

Laurence Kesterson

NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander Josh Smoker has been traded from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league left-hander Daniel Zamora and cash.

The swap was announced Wednesday, five days after Smoker was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot after the Mets re-signed free agent infielder Jose Reyes.

Smoker was 3-0 with a 4.70 ERA for the Mets as a rookie in 2016, then went 1-2 with a 5.11 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings over 54 relief appearances last year. He was sidelined from June 14 to July 10 with a strained left shoulder and had a 2.63 ERA in 32 games following his return.

Smoker, who turned 29 in November, enters games to Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water."

The 24-year-old Zamora, who attended Stony Brook on Long Island, was 2-4 with nine saves and a 1.76 ERA last year from Class A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona, striking out 63 in 56 1/3 innings. He was a Florida State League All-Star.

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