New York Mets acquire Tyler Naquin and Phillip Diehl in trade with Cincinnati Reds

The New York Mets acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin and left-hander Phillip Diehl from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, the teams announced.

New York sent minor league second baseman Hector Rodriguez and right-hander Jose Acuna to Cincinnati to seal the deal.

Naquin, 31, gives the NL East-leading Mets a veteran outfielder and left-handed bat with strong career numbers (.280/.332/.473 with 50 home runs) against right-handers. He’s played mostly right field this season in Cincinnati, but has experience in all three outfields.

Naquin is hitting .246 with 12 doubles and 31 RBIs this season, and hit his seventh home run earlier Thursday, a solo hit in a 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins.

He spent his first five seasons in Cleveland before signing with Cincy as a free agent last year. He is a free agent again after this season.

Diehl, 28, has seen limited action at the majors, including just five relief appearances and an 11.12 ERA this season. His last appearance for the Reds was on May 7 and he has since pitched for the team’s minor league affiliate in Louisville, compiling a 4.24 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 25 games.

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is Tuesday.

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