Report: Yoenis Cespedes heading to the New York Mets

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We have two reporters who usually aren’t wrong about this saying it happened: Ken Rosenthal of Fox and Bruce Levine of 670 The Score both are reporting that the Mets have acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers. The deal, however, is pending medicals. Which we learned the other night is more than a mere formality when it comes to the Mets.

Of course there has been nothing wrong with Cespedes physically all years, so you have to assume this will happen.

And if it does happen, the Mets have, at long last, improved their anemic offense. Cespedes is hitting .293/.323/.506 on the year with 18 homers and 61 driven in. With an OPS+ of 125, this has been his best year since his rookie campaign in 2012.

Importantly, the Mets are reportedly not trading Zack Wheeler, as many speculated would be the case. And as was reported to be the case in the aborted Carlos Gomez deal. Multiple people are reporting that the prospects heading back are Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa, each righties with Double-A Binghamton.

So, just before the deadline the Mets bulk up their offense. For all of the jokes thrown the Mets’ way this week, this is a move worthy of praise.

Cincinnati Reds fire Bryan Price

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The Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Bryan Price. He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by bench coach Jim Riggleman. The team also fired pitching coach Mack Jenkins. The club also added Louisville manager Pat Kelly to the staff as the new bench coach and Double-A pitching coach Danny Darwin as the new big league pitching coach.

It was only a matter of time for Price, whose Reds have begun the season 3-15. This was Price’s fifth season at the helm and the Reds never won more than 76 games in any of his previous seasons, doing so in his first year, in 2014. They won 68 games in both 2016 and 2017 and 64 games in 2015. While that’s far more attributable to the Reds talent level than anything Price ever did or did not do, at some point the manager will take the fall for a team that makes no progress.

Price’s tenure will likely be considered largely forgettable in the view of history, but he did have a pretty memorable moment as Reds manager in April of 2015, when he went on a profanity-laced tirade at the media because they reported the availability or lack thereof of certain players for an upcoming game. Which is part of the media’s job, even if Price didn’t fully grok that at the time. The tirade itself was pretty epic, though, with then Cincinnati Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans reporting that “there were 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).” 

Taking over will be Jim Riggleman, who last managed in the big leagues with the Washington Nationals, resigning in June of 2011 because he was unhappy that he did not get a contract extension. It was a weird episode, the sort of which a lot of guys couldn’t have come back from, perhaps being considered quitters. Riggleman took a job managing the Reds’ Double-A team, however, then moved on to Triple-A and then the Reds’ big league coaching staff. There’s something to be said for persistence. And for being a big league lifer.

Anyway, Price’s exit is not likely to change the Reds’ course too much in 2018. But, as it is so often said in baseball, sometimes you gotta make a change all the same.