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.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.