2015 Trade Deadline: Will Yoenis Cespedes Keep Value With Mets?


The New York Mets filled their most pressing need at the deadline on Friday by acquiring power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers. It isn’t just the offense that the Mets covet: it’s his defensive skills as well.

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Cespedes is third in the major leagues in extra base hits with 48, trailing only Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. This while playing in spacious Comerica Park. Cespedes has more home runs this month (eight) than all of the Mets’ right handed hitters combined (six). He is hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI on the season. Cespedes has four RBI in two career games at CitiField.

The Mets nixed a trade that would have brought them Carlos Gomez because of health concerns with Gomez. The Mets were able to pull of this deal without giving up the highly touted Zack Wheeler or Wilmer Flores. Here is what they had to give up:

Michael Fulmer is the seventh ranked prospect in the Mets system, and Luis Cessa is the 16th ranked.

Fulmer is 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 15 starts at AA Binghamton this season with 83 strikeouts in 86 innings. He will likely make the leap to AAA soon, and could contend for a spot in Detroit’s rotation as soon as next spring. He won’t be able to help your fantasy team this year though, even if he does get a September call up.

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  • Cessa is 7-7 with a 3.98 ERA in 18 starts between AA Binghamton and AAA Las Vegas. He has struggled some at AAA, so he likely won’t be ready to help out the major league club anytime soon. Fulmer may even be a little further along in his development. Both of these youngsters could help the back end of Detroit’s rotation next season though, which could be a huge lift for the Tigers. Part of the reason that they fell out of contention was the back end of their rotation.

    As for Cespedes, he could see a minor increase in his power numbers in a smaller ballpark. That will likely be offset by fewer RBI opportunities for him. Although he will be batting in the middle of the order for the Mets. They are among the bottom in every offensive category, so Cespedes’s other numbers could be expected to fall off a little, most notably in runs scored and RBI. If you can sell him at his current value (and on a hot streak, no less), I would seriously consider it.

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