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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Naquins, from bottoms to reds to leading Mets. until

MIAMI ( Associated Press) — Tyler Naquin has left the lower reds for the dominant Mets. And he was on the bench for the first Friday game of the series in Miami.

New York acquired the outfielder, who hits with the left hand, along with reliever Philippe Diehl in a trade Thursday for two minor league teens: outfielder Hector Rodriguez and Venezuelan right-hander Jose Acua.

“This is pleasant and exciting news. The last few hours have been crazy,” Naquin said. “We have a good club. It’s good to think about what’s coming.”

Naquin, a first-round draft pick from 10 years ago, is batting. 246 in 56 games with seven home runs and 33 RBI raids. He scored two runs in a 7-6 loss to the Marlins on Thursday.

Naquin promised, “I’ll do what they need daily and in some way I’ll adapt.”

Outfielder Travis Jankowski was released by the Mets, who also called on left-hander Sam Clay and right-hander Stefan Ngosek from Syracuse. Lefty David Peterson was sent to the Triple A branch.

Naquin was drafted 15th overall by Cleveland in 2012 and made his major league debut in 2016, when he finished third in AL Rookie of the Year voting after posting .886 Ops in 116 games.

In Cleveland, he was a teammate of two current Mets players, Puerto Rican shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

Plagued by injuries throughout his career, Naquin signed with Cincinnati as a free agent in February 2021 and hit 270 last year, when he posted a career-best with 19 homers, 70 RBIs and 127 games.

He entered Thursday’s game with a career average of .269. He has .774 Ops in 507 games in seven seasons with Cleveland and Cincinnati.

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