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Mets acquire Fernando Salas from Angels for Erik Manoah

ANAHEIM CA- MAY 31 Fernando Salas #59 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the seventh inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 14:57

The Mets announced that they have acquired right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from the Angels in exchange for minor league right-hander Erik Manoah.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 60-day disabled list.

Salas, 31, has four saves and a 2.93 ERA (five earned runs/15.1 innings) in 17 games since the All-Star Game.

The Mets will hope this trade works as well as their 2015 acquisition of Addison Reed, who, like Salas, was a former closer dealt to NY at the end of August. Salas has $419K of that sum remaining on his salary through season's end. Outside of Hansel Robles, Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, the Mets have struggled to find consistency in the relief corps this season. The deadline for newly acquired players to receive postseason eligibility is midnight EST.

Manoah was a 13th-round selection by the Mets in 2014 out of South Dade High School in Florida. The Miami-area prep product hasn't performed particularly well in his pro career to date, pitching to an ERA north of 5.00 in both 2015 and 2016. He has 45 strikeouts and 19 walks this year in 56.1 innings while also registering six saves. Since debuting as an 18-year-old in the Gulf Coast League, Manoah has pitched to a 5.13 ERA across 151 professional innings.