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Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes for Fulmer and Cessa

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The Mets have traded RHP prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to the Tigers for OF Yoenis Cespedes, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports confirmed.

Reports of a potential deal began circulating around 1:30 p.m. and reports that Cespedes was headed to the Mets began to appear on Twitter at roughly 3:45 p.m.

Cespedes, 29, is hitting .293/.323/.506 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI so far this season.

It’s not yet known if Cespedes will be available on Friday night. The Tigers are on the road in Baltimore.

Cespedes, who is a free agent after the season, is in the final year of a four-year deal worth $36 million.

The Mets will not be able to make Cespedes a qualifying offer after the season due to the fact that he was traded in-season.

Thoughts:

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After the failed Carlos Gomez deal, the Mets needed to show the baseball world and their fans that they were serious about competing. By acquiring Cespedes, they’ve done just that.

Yes, the Cespedes deal won’t totally shut down claims from some that the Mets backed out of the Gomez deal due to financial concerns stemming from his 2016 salary, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

The Mets organization needed this, the players needed this, and the fans needed this.

That it came down to the absolute last minute isn’t surprising, as Mets fans had all gathered on Twitter, incessantly refreshing as the rumors began to heat up in the afternoon.

Three games out of first place, entering the biggest series they’ll play in seven years, against the Nationals at Citi Field, the Mets have gotten the bat they’ve been after — the potential final piece to the mini-makeover GM Sandy Alderson started last week.

Regarding the players the Mets lost, Fulmer is the one that hurts. He was a pitcher who had rebounded from two injury-riddled seasons to absolutely dominate Double-A Binghamton. Fulmer has a plus fastball and a plus slider but so far lacks a third pitch. He has upside as a starter, but might wind up in the bullpen.

As far as what this does to the makeup of the 25-man roster, it looks like there are two scenarios.

The Mets could send Michael Conforto to the minors and play Cespedes in left field with Juan Lagares or Kirk Nieuwenhuis platooning in center. Or they can keep Conforto here and shift Curtis Garnderson to center field.

My preference would be to keep Conforto here, but Cespedes has been against playing anywhere but left field, which would be an issue.

Either way, the Mets just took an enormous step in the right direction. The season begins now.

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