Tyler Naquin says trade with New York Mets was ‘out of the blue’

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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.

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Naquin (12) hits a solo home run in the sixth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday July 28, 2022 in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Naquin (12) hits a solo home run in the sixth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday July 28, 2022 in Cincinnati.
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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.”

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Naquin adds another bat at the Mets range and a player who can fill all three outfield positions for manager Buck Showalter.

Tyler Naquin of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after Matt Wisler of the Tampa Bay Rays balked at ending a game 2-1 in the 10th inning at Great American Ball Park on July 8, 2022 in Cincinnati.

Tyler Naquin of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after Matt Wisler of the Tampa Bay Rays balked at ending a game 2-1 in the 10th inning at Great American Ball Park on July 8, 2022 in Cincinnati.
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“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.”

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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.

New York Mets' Tyler Naquin looks on from the dugout during the fifth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins on Friday July 29, 2022 in Miami.  New York acquired left-handed outfielder and left-handed reliever Phillip Diehl Thursday night in a deal for two young minor leaguers, outfielder Hector Rodríguez and right-hander Jose Acuña.

New York Mets’ Tyler Naquin looks on from the dugout during the fifth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins on Friday July 29, 2022 in Miami. New York acquired left-handed outfielder and left-handed reliever Phillip Diehl Thursday night in a deal for two young minor leaguers, outfielder Hector Rodríguez and right-hander Jose Acuña.
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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.

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“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.”

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The Mets and Marlins are scheduled to play Game 2 of their three-game series Saturday night at 6:10 p.m. ET.