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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.