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The New York Mets take first place in the National League Eastthree games ahead of the Atlanta Braves as the organization seeks to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season.
Thursday, the Mets came out and found help as MLB’s regular season heads into August.
New York acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin from the Cincinnati Reds, a move that surprised the left-handed hitter.
“It was definitely out of the blue,” Naquin said on Friday, according to the New York Post. “I’ve heard things about other teams, but every year you hear something around the trade deadline. I’m sure it’s going to start heating up here in the next few days for everyone.”
Naquin adds another bat at the Mets range and a player who can fill all three outfield positions for manager Buck Showalter.
“He’s a guy who can play all three field positions, left-handed batsman, good defender and pitcher and lead the bases,” Showalter said. “He can bring some things that all clubs need. Just another element that we can maneuver and present a tough formation.”
Naquin hit .246 with 33 RBIs and seven homers in 56 games for the Reds and is expected to become a free agent after the season.
Naquin, who did not play in New York’s 6-4 victory over the Miami Marlins Friday night now has the chance to play for a team with playoff aspirations.
“It’s fun, man,” Naquin said, according to MLB.com. “That’s exciting news. It’s been a whirlwind the past few hours. … Should be a fun ride.”
The Mets and Marlins are scheduled to play Game 2 of their three-game series Saturday night at 6:10 p.m. ET.