The New York Mets' search for an outfielder has come to an end with the team acquiring Yoenis Cespedes, as first reported by Bruce Levine. Detroit will receive right-handers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa, according to reports.
It's been an interesting week for the Mets. They had a deal for Carlos Gomez, until they didn't. Earlier today, they were close to getting Jay Bruce, and then that fell through. Justin Upton never appeared to be an option.
Cespedes is a free agent at the end of the year, which the Mets were trying to avoid when getting an outfielder. The Tigers needed to move Cespedes, as his contract prohibits him from receiving a qualifying offer, allowing the Tigers to get draft pick compensation.
In 102 games this season, Cespedes has hit .293 with a .323 on-base percentage to go with 18 homers and 61 RBIs. The question for the Mets now is where he will play and how that will affect Juan Largares, Curtis Granderson and prospect Michael Conforto.
The main piece of the deal for the Tigers is Fulmer, ranked as the Mets' 7th best prospect by MLB. Fulmer, 22, was 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 86 innings with Double-A Binghamton.
Cessa is a year older than Fulmer and was just moved up to Triple-A Las Vegas where he was 0-3 with an 8.51 ERA in 24.1 innings. With Binghamton this year, he was 7-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 77.1 innings. He was ranked as the organization's 16th-best prospect.