The Nationals' big weekend series in New York just got a whole lot more interesting after the Mets acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers for a pair of minor-leaguers just before Friday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, according to multiple reports.
Cespedes, perhaps the biggest chip remaining on the trade market as the clock was winding down, wound up going to New York minutes before the deadline struck, with the Mets sending minor-league right-handers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit.
Now, the question becomes when Cespedes can actually join the Mets and whether he'll be able to appear in Friday night's series opener against the Nationals at Citi Field. With the Tigers on the road to face the Orioles, Cespedes would need to get from Baltimore to New York in about three hours to make the 7:10 p.m. first pitch.
Whenever he does make it to New York, Cespedes brings an instant power threat to a Mets lineup that sorely needed it. The 29-year-old slugger is hitting .293 with 18 homers, 61 RBI and an .829 OPS in 102 games this season.
A pending free agent at season's end, Cespedes has now been traded three times in the last 12 months (from the Athletics to the Red Sox in July 2014, from the Red Sox to the Tigers in December 2014 and now from the Tigers to the Mets in July 2015).