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Ned Yost was relieved when he found out the Royals were 5-17, not 5-20

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Speaking to the media prior to Thursday night’s game against the White Sox, manager Ned Yost said he was relieved to find out his Royals were 5-17 rather than 5-20, Rustin Dodd of the Athletic reports. Yost said, “I don’t look at our record. And thank God. I thought we were 5-20 and we’re only like 5-17, so we’re better than I thought we were.”

Yost said that in the context of praising his players for the effort they put in on a daily basis no matter how bad their record is. Currently, the Reds are the only team with a worse record at 5-20. The Royals dropped to 5-18 with a 6-3 loss to the White Sox on Thursday.

The Royals rank 24th of 30 teams in OPS (.670), 28th in home runs (17), and are tied for 26th in stolen bases (six). They’re dead last in bullpen ERA (6.81).

Despite the Royals’ struggles, Yost wants to return to manage the club next season. Yost’s contract expires after the season. He said, “I care about this city, and I care about this fan base. And I want to try to make sure, after everything they’ve given us here, with their support over the thin times and their support over the great times, I want to make sure that I give back everything that I can.”

GM Dayton Moore is on board. “I certainly want Ned back,” he said.

Astros trade Jake Marisnick to the Mets

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The Mets and Astros have announced that they’ve completed a trade. The Mets will get outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Astros in exchange for outfielder Kenedy Corona and lefty Blake Taylor.

Marisnick, a seven-year big league veteran, has never hit all that much — his career line is .227/.280/.380 — but he’s a very strong defender at all three outfield positions and can run a good bit. That makes him a decent bench option at least. To the extent the Mets rely on him to be more than a bench guy they’ll get diminishing returns, but the Astros used him a good deal more than your standard 4-5th outfielder and that worked out fine. Really, having a no-hit, plus-defending center fielder is something that even contenders can deal with, even if you’d like some more offense.

Taylor is organizational depth. He turns 25 next season and has only pitched 50 innings above A-ball. Corona was an international signee last year so he’s not near contributing to a contender like Houston.