Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to free up a roster spot for Yoenis Cespedes, who was acquired in a last-minute trade yesterday from the Detroit Tigers.
Conforto, who was promoted from Double-A Binghamton on July 24, hit .211/.348/.316 in 23 plate appearances with the big league club. It's a small sample size, but Conforto hadn't yet found the groove that had served him so well in the minor leagues; he was hitting .312/.396/.503 in Binghamton before his promotion.
Of course, Conforto was moved from Double-A straight to the majors, so even the demotion to Triple-A is a bit of a promotion.
Despite today's move, Conforto could rejoin the team following an injury or even after rosters expand in September. Continued disappointing production from a number of players could also open up a spot for him again, although the Mets have seemed hesitant so far to cut ties with certain players.