Mets acquire Naquin, Diehl from Reds for 2 prospects

Posted: 29/07/2022 in MLB
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The New York Mets acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin and reliever Phillip Diehl from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Jose Acuna and young infielder/outfielder Hector Rodriguez, the teams announced Thursday.

Naquin, much like the recently acquired Daniel Vogelbach, will give the Mets another left-handed bench bat who can platoon in the outfield against right-handed pitching. He owns a .811 OPS with five homers and 28 RBIs against righties this year, compared to a meager .459 OPS in very limited appearances against southpaws.

The 31-year-old began his career with Cleveland in 2016 and has spent the last two seasons in Cincinnati. Naquin has experience at all three outfield spots and is a lifetime .269/.323/.450 hitter with 56 homers and 222 RBIs across parts of seven big-league seasons.

Diehl, 28, only made five appearances for the Reds this season and has been pitching at Triple-A Louisville since May. The left-hander owns a lifetime 9.47 ERA with 15 strikeouts and six walks over 21 big-league appearances with the Reds and Colorado Rockies.

Neither of the minor leaguers headed to Cincinnati were ranked among the Mets’ top 30 prospects.

Acuna, 19, was promoted to Low-A St. Lucie this month after starting his season with the Mets’ Rookie affiliate in the Florida Complex League. The native of Bejuma, Venezuela, owns a combined 2.67 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 48 strikeouts and 12 walks across eight outings in 2022.

Rodriguez is hitting .342/.378/.532 with three homers, 16 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases across 28 games this year, primarily with the FCL Mets. The 18-year-old has primarily played center field this season but is versatile, with experience playing second base, third base, and the corner outfield spots.

To make room for Naquin on their 40-man roster, the Mets designated right-hander R.J. Alvarez for assignment.

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