Curse of the Nate McLouth trade strikes the Pirates too

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Yesterday the Braves demoted struggling center fielder Nate McLouth to Triple-A after he hit just .168 in 62 games this season and .225/.327/.365 in 146 games since Atlanta acquired him from Pittsburgh last June for prospects Gorkys Hernandez, Jeff Locke, and Charlie Morton.
Morton is 6-18 with a 6.03 ERA in 28 starts for Pittsburgh since the trade and just hours after McLouth’s demotion the Pirates announced that Hernandez will miss the next 3-4 months with a broken finger suffered at Double-A.
Locke has somehow avoided the curse of being involved in the swap, going 10-3 with a 3.22 ERA and 100/16 K/BB ratio in 103 innings between Single-A and Double-A.

Report: Mets close to a deal with Jose Bautista

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SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.

Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.

Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.

It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.