Are the Mets looking to trade Mejia?

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Mike Silva wonders if
the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him.
It’s an interesting thought.  The Mets declined to make this kind of
move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few
weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps
the Mets are considering Mejia’s highest and best use to be as trade
bait for someone who can help them push for a playoff spot this year.

Personally, I don’t think the Mets will hold up as a contender as
currently constructed.  Whether that means that they should (a) deal Mejia
for a piece that could make them a strong contender for the rest of the
year; or (b) whether they should just do the
best they can and build for the future kind of depends on how you feel
about such matters.

If it meant getting Cliff Lee, sure, deal him.  If it’s just to add a
Mark Buehrle or a Jake Westbrook type then forget it.

Report: Yankees, Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray
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Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.

According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.

Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.