New York Mets add outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit Tigers
The New York Mets have acquired power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers, according to Bruce Levine. The Mets will send Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit as seen in multiple reports.
Source says Cespedes has been dealt to the Mets .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) July 31, 2015
This is the third trade for the Mets, as Cespedes will join Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, and Tyler Clippard as the new additions. The Mets have been busy looking for a big bat and have finally found their rental for the playoff push in Cespedes.
The Mets are currently three games behind the National League East-leading Washington Nationals and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card. Adding a much-needed bat will help pick up offensive production for the Mets who have struggled to put up consistent runs in 2015.
Cespedes is batting .293 with 18 home runs, 28 doubles, and 61 RBI in 102 games. He is a free agent at the end of the season.
For the time being, he will likely become the starting left fielder, which was his position in Detroit. However, with Juan Lagares struggling and a potential platoon with Kirk Nieuwenhuis in store, Cespedes may very well be moved to center field.
Michael Conforto would start in left with Nieuwenhuis getting looks until Michael Cuddyer is fully healthy.
On the flip side, Fulmer has been a nice surprise this year, as the right-hander is 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA and 8.7 strikeouts-per-nine ratio through 15 starts at Double-A. Fulmer is a former first round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
As for Cessa, the right-handed pitcher has struggled at Triple-A, sporting an 8.51 ERA over five starts. However, in 13 starts at Double-A, he is 7-4 with a 2.56 ERA.