The Mets have traded for OF Yoenis Céspedes from the Detroit Tigers, the team announced.
Céspedes is hitting .293 with a .323 OBP and .506 SLG over 102 games in 427 plate appearances this season.
It took until 3:47 pm ET to reach a deal and it wasn’t approved by the league until just before the 4 pm deadline, Sandy Alderson explained to reporters after the deal was announced. He said talks for Cespedes started immediately after the deal fell through with the Brewers for Carlos Gomez.
Cespedes is due to make $4-5 million between now and the end of this season, after which he will be a free agent. According to how his contract was structured, he is not able to be extended a qualifying offer.
According to Alderson, the Mets will not be getting any money to cover Cespedes’s contract in the deal.
The Mets envision Cespedes playing left field, Alderson said. They will address how to handle Michael Cuddyer, who had been the team’s starting left fielder, when he returns from the disabled list.
The Mets will send minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to the Tigers in the deal, the team said. Fulmer was ranked the team’s No. 7 prospect, and Cessa was the No. 16 prospect, according to a mid-year list from MLB.com.
July 31, 4:06 pm: Cespedes is a better fit for this lineup than Carlos Gomez. That said, forgive me, but until I see him in a Mets uniform, it’ll be hard to believe this actually went down (given what happened the other night). The best part is they got this caliber hitter without giving up Wheeler! That’s awesome. This is a terrific move, especially at the expense of only two minor leaguers. I like Fulmer. He’s going to be very good. But, again, like I said after the Gomez deal, the time to win is now. This division is ripe for the taking. The Mets needed a power hitter like this. And, I’m glad Sandy Alderson stepped up to bring in a legitimate player.
Tweet from Yoenis Cespedes!
The Mets were reportedly working to acquire two hitters, but grew less confident as the day went on, according to NY Post reporter Joel Sherman (July 31, 2:15 pm).
According to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the team is concerned about the health of Michael Cuddyer and Juan Lagares, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal (July 31, 12:53 pm).
Rosenthal believes the Mets had been considering whether to acquire a corner outfielder, such as Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton, and a center fielder, such as Ben Revere, Will Venable or Rajai Davis.
Tweet from MLB Network’s Jim Bowden
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MLB is planning a meeting between Mets and Brewers management to discuss the relationship between the two teams and what happened Thursday night in their reported deal for Carlos Gomez, according to a tweet from MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone (July 31, 10:45 am).
The Mets believed they were close to a deal for Brewers OF Gerardo Parra last week before it fell apart, sources told Newsday reporter Marc Carig (July 25, 2015). Parra is now close to being traded to the Orioles straight up for reliever Zack Davies, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal (July 31, 7:10 am).
Late Thursday, the two teams had a deal for Gomez, but the Mets reportedly backed out for what they said were medical reasons. The Brewers denied the report, standing by the health of their player. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel then reported the deal fell apart because of financial reasons associated with the Mets >> Read more.
Brewers GM Doug Mevin said the next day he would be not be making any trades with the Mets before Friday’s 4 pm non-waiver trade deadline (July 30, 5:11 pm).