The trade deadline came and went about 20 minutes ago.
Minutes before the deadline, the New York Mets acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two minor league pitchers — Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.
In 102 games for Detroit, Cespedes was hitting .293 with 17 HR and 61 RBI. This more than makes up for the Mets not getting Carlos Gomez from the Brewers who has since been traded to the Astros. The Mets were reportedly trying to get outfielder Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds for Zack Wheeler, but that didn’t come to fruition. I’m guessing no tears were shed.
This is Cespedes’ fourth team in a year. At last year’s trade deadline, the A’s dealt him to Boston for Jon Lester and the A’s haven’t been the same since. Despite being productive for the Bosox, he was dealt to Detroit for pitcher Rick Porcello, who isn’t being mistaken for Pedro Martinez. Cespedes will provide protection for Lucas Duda in the middle of the order. He also has a cannon for an arm in the outfield. This should make this weekend’s series against the Nationals interesting. The Mets are currently three games back of Washington in the NL East.