NEW YORK – The #1 New York Mets get a defensive player Tyler Naken And left assistant Philip Dale of the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night in a deal for two young players.
Cincinnati welcomed defender Hector Rodriguez and right player Jose Acuña.
Naquin, a first-round pick 10 years ago, was hitting 246 with seven homers and 33 RBI in 56 games with the struggling Reds, who made it to NL Central. He is coming and led in two rounds on Thursday in a 7-6 loss to Miami.
As the NL East leaders look to add attack, it offers another left-handed racket and depth to a field that already has an All-Star right-hander. Starling Martcenter fielder Brandon Nemo Felder left Mark Kanha.
all Stars Jeff McNeill He also plays on the left court sometimes when he is not at second base.
The Mets view the 31-year-old Nakuen as a good all-around player who can start a few times a week against right-handers, against which he has strong career numbers (.280/.332/.473 with .50 Homers). They have been interested in him since last month and talks intensified when clubs began exchanging names a few days ago.
New York was promoted in DH last week, and gained the left hitter Daniel Fogelbach From the Pittsburgh Pirates, for novice homer Colin Holdman.
Naquin earns a salary of $4,025,000 and is eligible for free agency after the season. His takeover drove New York luxury taxes in excess of $290 million, the new fourth level of taxes named after free-spending Mets owner Steve Cohen.
The 28-year-old has 11.12 ERAs in five major league games covering 5 2/3 runs this season. He earns a minimum of $700,000 while in the majors.
Diehl, a native of Cincinnati, has played in 21 major league games. He was 2-1 with 4.24 ERA and 30 strikes over the course of 23 1/3 innings at Triple-A Louisville this year.
To make room on the roster, New York appointed right holder RJ Alvarez for the assignment.
The deadline for trading in Major League Baseball is Tuesday.
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