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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.