Hey baseball fans!
The 2017 MLB offseason is still in its infant stages, but that doesn't mean we won't see any blockbuster trades any time soon (i.e., Giancarlo Stanton). In honor of this excitement, let's take a look at one of the biggest trades in recent MLB history: Yoenis Céspedes to the New York Mets from the Detroit Tigers.
Trade: Yoenis Céspedes of the Tigers for Luis Cessa and Michael Fulmer of the Mets
When? July 31, 2015
What Happened? The Mets were in the thick of a division race with the Nationals in the middle of the 2015 summer and were looking for a big bat to give them a decent advantage over the team from DC. Meanwhile, Detroit was having a down season and, seeing as Céspedes would be a free agent at the end of the year, decided to trade him to Flushing for minor leaguers Fulmer and Cessa, two promising young pitchers.
Immediate Impact: Céspedes was so good for the Amazins in the final two months of the season that he was in the NL MVP conversation! His 17 home runs and .287 batting average in only 57 games were arguably the biggest reason out of many that the Mets won the 2015 NL East crown with 90 wins. Even though he wasn't a huge factor for the Mets in the playoffs, they still appeared in their first World Series in 15 years, but wouldn't have had the chance to do so if Céspedes wasn't traded to them. Fulmer and Cessa did not make their major league debuts until 2016.
What Happened Next: Céspedes has re-signed with the Mets on multiple occasions and will stay with the club until 2020 at the minimum. Since his amazing start in New York, Céspedes made the NL All Star team in 2016, but missed half of 2017 due to injury. However, his batting average for 2017 was a very respectable .292. Fulmer is probably one of the only bright spots on a sad Detroit Tigers team that just finished with the worst record in baseball. However, Fulmer did win the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year and made the AL All Star team's pitching staff in 2017. Cessa was traded to the Yankees following the 2015 season and hasn't done much in the Bronx.
Who Won the Trade? Even though both Céspedes and Fulmer are All Stars on current subpar teams, Céspedes gave the Mets a real chance at a championship back in '15, so I'm giving this win to the boys in blue and orange.
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