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.
Here are some other key trades.
The Cincinnati Reds traded starting pitcher Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants for two minor leaguers. So who goes to the bullpen in SF? Cain, Hudson, or Peavy? Does this mean Tim Lincecum will never start another game for the Giants again?
The Chicago Cubs got both starting and relief pitching by obtaining Dan Haren from the Miami Marlins and Tommy Hunter from the Baltimore Orioles. In exchange for Hunter, the Cubs sent the Orioles Junior Lake. A one time top prospect, Lake spent most of this season at Triple-A Iowa. My guess is that he will see plenty of playing time in the outfield. Joining him in the outfield will be the hot hitting outfielder Gerardo Parra who the O’s obtained from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for pitching prospect Zach Davies.
The Toronto Blue Jays fresh from acquiring both Troy Tulowitzki and David Price have now added Phillies outfielder Ben Revere and Seattle Mariners middle reliever Mark Lowe, who is enjoying a career renaissance.
The Mariners sent starting pitcher J.A. Happ to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Happ hasn’t lived up to the promise he showed in 2009 with the Phillies when he finished runner-up in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting. He has been less than stellar in his stints with the Blue Jays, Astros, and now Seattle. But now he’s in a pennant race and Happ could give the back end of the Bucs’ rotation some help.
The Minnesota Twins acquired relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays. Jepsen was acquired by the Rays in the off-season from the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder Matt Joyce. Jepsen will presumably served as Glen Perkins’ set-up man. Given the Twins have lost 7 of their last 10 games and only have a two game lead on the Orioles and Blue Jays for the second AL Wild Card spot, I thought they would have made more moves. But sometimes the best move is the one you don’t make.
MLB teams can continue to make trades. However, teams can block deals by putting waivers on players from here on out.
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