The New Mets have acquired Cuban-born slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers just minutes before the trade deadline, according to multiple reports. The Mets will send the Tigers Double-A right-handed starter Michael Fulmer and Triple-A right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa.
Neither the Mets nor the Tigers have announced that the deal has been completed.
The Mets had been looking to add a power-hitting outfielder, and they had previously been lined up to acquire either Carlos Gomez or Jay Bruce. Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was considered a key part of a potential deal, but reports claim that he will remain with the Mets this season.
Cespedes is set to become a free agent at the end of the season on a deal that pays him $10.5 million in 2015.
The Mets are Cespedes' fourth team since joining the Majors with the Oakland A's in 2012. He has enjoyed a solid season, hitting .293 with 18 home runs. The 2014 Home Run Derby champion also has a slugging percentage of .506.
Terry Collins' squad has struggled with power this season, with just 88 home runs on the season (20th in the Majors). Cespedes has hit eight homers in July, compared to 23 by the entire Mets team.
The Mets are currently three games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East with 60 games remaining on the schedule. New York also trails the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, and Chicago Cubs for the two wild-card berths.