After a few days of hand wringing by Mets fans, the team acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers just before the trade deadline. And better yet, they did it without parting with Zack Wheeler.
The Mets sent minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit. Fulmer was a first-round pick in 2011 but his rise through the Mets minor league system has been slow. He is currently pitching well in Double-A. Cessa was also signed in 2011 and has a similar slow rise.
For two pitchers who likely did not figure into the Mets future plans, they get Cespedes for two months (he is a free agent after the season). But he is the slugger they need right now. He is batting .293 with 18 homers and 61 RBIs. Yoenis Cespedes does not walk very often, but he has power and can hit, so who cares?
All day it seemed like the Mets were going to deal Wheeler to the Reds for Jay Bruce. But now the Mets keep their fantasy rotation in tact for 2016.
This is a great trade for the Mets — the third excellent deal Sandy Alderson has made in a week. Where has this wheeler-dealer Sandy Alderson been for five years? I like this guy! The Mets are now a far better team and are primed for a playoff push. If they make it, great. If not, at least they tried, unlike the previous seasons of Alderson’s reign.