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Remember the first half, when things seemed to go right all the time and the Mets were able to bounce back from tough losses? Well, that's all gone now. The Mets second half swoon continued as they fell to the Nationals 5-2. Gio Gonzalez mostly shut down the Mets' offense and R.A. Dickey was good until the sixth inning, when Washington put up a four-spot. The Mets gained an early 1-0 lead thanks to a Ronny Cedeno 2nd inning RBI single (he was thrown out at 2nd by Bryce Harper) but the Nats came back with a run of their own in the fourth. After Cedeno's hit, the Mets would not get another until Ike Davis blooped a single in the 7th inning. The only other real offensive highlight was Jordany Valdespin's pinch hit home run, his seventh on the season and fifth as a pinch hitter. The home run set a new Mets' record. With the offense looking so lifeless, it's a crime that Valdespin is not playing everyday with the way he's been hitting of late. Listless offense + poor starting pitching + atrocious bullpen = lots of losses.
Lucas Duda was demoted to AAA Buffalo, a move that likely signals the end of his experiment in RF. As you likely know by now, Duda was awful defensively out there according to every metric and everybody's eyes. While the experiment was worthwhile in theory, his bat just did produce enough to be worth the defensive hit. It'll be interesting to see what the team does with Duda and how they go about filling RF for next season. Matt Harvey was activated in his place.
The Mets inked former first round pick Craig Hansen to a minor league deal. Hansen, taken by the Red Sox 26th overall in the 2005 draft out of St. John's, had been a big disappointment and hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2009 with Pittsburgh.
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It's been long rumored that the Astros were looking to deal lefty Wandy Rodriguez and Houston has finally found a taker -- the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wandy will head to Pittsburgh in exchange for 3 prospects: OF Robbie Grossman, P's Rudy Owens and Colton Cain.
In smaller trade news, the Diamondbacks dealt INF Ryan Roberts to the Rays for a minor league infielder. Meanwhile, the Indians acquired Brent Lillibridge from the Red Sox in exchange for minor league reliever and former Mets' farmhand Jose de la Torre.
The Angels and Rays are discussing a deal for James Shields, potentially centered around CF Peter Bourjos and C Hank Conger. Meanwhile, the Cubs want Dodgers' pitching prospect Allen Webster in a trade for Ryan Dempster. Webster is considered the Dodgers' #2 prospect.
Alex Rodriguez took a ball off of his wrist and it looks like he's suffered a non-displaced fracture.
Cole Hamels has reportedly been offered $140 million by the Phillies. Well, you can't say Ruben Amaro doesn't try. Meanwhile, rumor has it that the Phils are eager to move RF Hunter Pence, who has one more year of team control left. I doubt a trade could be worked out between the two teams but Pence would definitely be a nice fit in RF and in the lineup for the Mets.