Mets claim Tommy Milone off waivers from the Brewers

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The Mets claimed lefty Tommy Milone off waivers from the Brewers on Sunday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Milone, 30, was designated for assignment last week by the Brewers after an unsuccessful start to the season. Across three starts and three relief appearances, he compiled a 6.43 ERA with a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. Many of those runs came via the home run, as he allowed six of them.

The Mets, however, are in dire straits when it comes to pitching. Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo are battling injuries and the club suspended Matt Harvey on Sunday as well. Robert Gsellman‘s spot in the rotation is safe despite a 6.54 ERA and the club has had to rely on Rafael Montero as well. The addition of Milone helps the Mets stay afloat when it comes to pitching depth.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.