Mets land Cuban slugger Cespedes at trade deadline

Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:34pm EDT
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(Reuters) - A flurry of deals got in under the wire of Friday's Major League Baseball trade deadline, crowned by the New York Mets acquiring Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the re-tooling Detroit Tigers.

It has been a tumultuous few days leading up to the deadline with contending teams beefing up, while other teams looked to offload big salaried players and future free agents in favor of collecting promising minor leaguers.

The Mets, armed with a rotation of top-flight young pitchers but struggling to score runs, nabbed the power-hitter they had longed for in the deal with Detroit.

Cespedes, who won the 2013 All-Star Game home run derby at the Mets' Citi Field, is hitting .293 with 17 home runs and 61 runs batted in.

In return for Cespedes, who can become a free agent after the 2015 MLB season, the Tigers will receive minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

The Mets are three games behind the National League East-leading Washington Nationals and 4-1/2 games out of the second, and final, Wild Card spot.

The Baltimore Orioles joined the trade deadline rush to fortify for a playoff push by swapping a pitching prospect for Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra.

The 28-year-old Parra is batting .328 in 100 games this season and can be a free agent after the season.

Baltimore, locked in a virtual tie with Toronto two games off the pace for the American League's second Wild Card, sent Triple A starter Zach Davies to the rebuilding Brewers.   Continued...

Jul 23, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a double in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports