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Mets acquire Cespedes in deadline deal

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Minutes before the 4:00 MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline the New York Mets made one of the biggest moves trading for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. In exchange the Mets will send Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to the Detroit Tigers.

Fulmer and Cessa both pitched with the Binghamton Mets this year. Fulmer's now final appearance with the B-Mets came in a 3-0 win on Tuesday over New Britain. The righty pitched six scoreless innings striking out nine. In his last nine starts he's posted a 0.68 ERA in 53.1 IP with 61 K holding opponents to a 202 batting average.

Cessa, meanwhile, was named as an Eastern League All Star before his call up to Triple-A Las Vegas. As a member of the B-Mets he went 7-4 with a 2.56 ERA striking out 61 in 13 starts.

The Mets pick up a big bat in Cespedes that will fill a much needed hole in the middle of the lineup. The Mets are last in the majors in runs scored with 363, last in batting average at .235, second to last in on-base percentage at .300, and second to last in slugging percentage at .364. Cespedes is hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI.

New York begins a three game weekend series at home with first place Washington. The Mets are in second place, three games behind the Nationals. At the time of the trade, Cespedes was in Baltimore with the Tigers, but is not expected to make it to New York in time for Friday night's game. He's expected to be activated on Saturday.

UPDATE: B-Mets radio broadcaster Tim Heiman sat down with Fulmer after he learned of the trade. His interview can be found by clicking the link below.