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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.

Scooter Gennett to undergo MRI after injury

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The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.

Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.

The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.