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Blue Jays trade pitcher Marcus Stroman to Mets

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman reacts on his way back to the dugout while playing against the against the New York Yankees during seventh inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Sept. 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

The rebuilding Toronto Blue Jays have traded top starter Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets for a pair of pitching prospects.

Stroman posted messages on his Twitter account on Sunday expressing his excitement at the news.

“NEW YORK! Where I was born. Where my heart lies. Where my family resides. Crazy excited for this part of my journey. Some things were meant to be! @Mets #HDMH.”

He also tweeted his appreciation for the city of Toronto.

“CANADA. TORONTO. Words can’t really explain the extent of my appreciation and love. Beyond thankful and blessed to have played for this unbelievable nation. Thank you for your constant support, love, and loyalty. I’ll be back plenty in the future!”

The Blue Jays will receive pitching left-handed prospect Anthony Kay, 24, and right-handed Simeon Woods Richardson, 18, in return.

Stroman was 6-11 in 21 starts with an ERA of 2.96 this year with Toronto. He was named to the American League All-Star squad for the first time in his career this season.

Right-hander Sean Reid-Foley is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Stroman in the rotation.

It was the second trade the Blue Jays completed on Sunday. Earlier they sent infielder Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Blue Jays have also called up shortstop Bo Bichette from Triple-A Buffalo. In 59 games at triple-A this season, Bichette is hitting .290 with eight home runs and 33 RBI.

The 21-year-old is the next top prospect to join Toronto this season after Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Cavan Biggio were called up earlier in the year.