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Mets acquire J.D. Davis from Astros

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The Mets have acquired third baseman J.D. Davis and minor league infielder Cody Bohanek from the Astros, per an official team announcement on Sunday. Minor league infielder Luis Santana, outfielder Ross Adolph, and catcher Scott Manea will return to Houston in exchange for Davis.

The 25-year-old Davis is coming off of a brief two-year stint with the Astros, during which he failed to impress in the majors. After batting near the Mendoza line in 2017, he cratered to a .175/.248/.223 batting line with three extra-base hits and a .471 OPS in 113 PA last year. His potential, however, has been far more pronounced in the minors, where he devastated Triple-A pitchers with a .342 average, 17 home runs, and a .988 OPS in 2018. The corner infielder also comes with some positional versatility, as he’s managed to log several innings at third base, first base, and left field during his time in Houston and is expected to be a viable backup option to all three positions in New York.

Bohanek, 23, is a versatile middle infielder who made a considerable jump up to Triple-A Fresno during his second season in the minors. He slashed .214/.324/.293 with six home runs, 14 stolen bases (in 19 chances), and a .617 OPS in 460 PA across three levels in 2018.

The Astros, meanwhile, are getting the Mets’ no. 24 prospect in second baseman Luis Santana. The 18-year-old has impressed in three rookie-ball gigs so far and batted a robust .348/.446/.471 for the Mets’ affiliate during 2018. Houston also added outfield and catching depth with Adolph and Manea, respectively, both of whom carried .250+ averages in A-ball last season.

Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo arrested in drug, money laundering investigation

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Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.

That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.

Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.

Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.