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Mets Morning News: Mets fall flat in Seattle, clock ticks toward the trade deadline

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Well, it was a Sunday, so that means another brutal Mets loss. Seth Lugo gave up two very long home runs to Nelson Cruz and Leonys Martin early on, and with Mariners starter James Paxton dealing, the offense never had a chance to catch up.

AJ Ramos made his Mets’ debut and gave up a couple of runs but the game was already well out of hand.

The Mets have the day off as they await who will still be with the team for the series opener against Colorado on Tuesday.

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AJ Ramos’s first appearance with the Mets did not go so well, but he is looking forward to helping them compete next year. His middle finger is a bit unique which can both help and hinder him.

To make room for Ramos, Josh Edgin was designated for assignment.

Jose Reyes was hit on the arm with a pitch and was forced from the game, but the X-rays came back negative.

Asdrubal Cabrera replaced Reyes in the game, but could find himself elsewhere come Tuesday.

The other players who could be on the move are in a holding pattern until the deadline passes.

The realization of a lost season has finally sunk in for Terry Collins and he knows the pitching is behind what went wrong.

The Tampa Bay Rays officially acquired access to the Wefollowlucasduda Instagram account from Curtis Granderson.

Around the NL East

R.A. Dickey pitched well but the Braves lost to the lowly Phillies. The architect of the powerhouse Braves teams of the 90s, former GM John Schuerholz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The Diamondbacks could be a suitor for Dee Gordon. The Marlins were defeated by the Reds 6-4.

The Phillies managed to win four games in a row with another walk-off win against the Braves.

Nationals’ starter Erick Fedde made his debut against the Rockies and it did not go well. They won the second game of the doubleheader behind a strong performance by Edwin Jackson.

Around the Majors

The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held in Cooperstown, NY and it had been a long wait for some of the inductees.

Adrian Beltre recorded his 3,000th hit which was an incredible feat for the tough third baseman.

Steve Pearce hit his second walk-off grand slam in the span of a week for the Blue Jays.

A flurry of trades went down on the eve of the deadline. In a surprise move the Rockies acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers. Jaime Garcia was traded for the second time this month, this time he was sent to the Yankees from the Twins, and the Royals traded for outfielder Melky Cabrera. The Cubs reportedly traded with the Tigers for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila.

There are still many rumors surrounding other players that could be on the move before the 4:00 deadline hits.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane covered the trade rumors surrounding Addison Reed, including the Red Sox’s interest in him. He also wrote about AJ Ramos joining the team.

This Date in Mets History

When the sun rose on July 31, 2015 nobody knew just how momentous that day would become for the franchise. Mere minutes before the trade deadline passed, the Mets traded prospect Michael Fulmer to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

That night the Mets welcomed the first place Nationals to town, and “Wilmer Flores night at Citi Field” came to a fitting conclusion when Wilmer hit a walk-off home run in the twelfth inning to give the Mets the win. Of course the momentum from that victory, in addition to Cespedes’s torrid offense, would carry the Mets to the division title and the World Series.

The 2006 team was forced to make some changes on this date as well. Duaner Sanchez had an ill-fated cab ride which forced GM Omar Minaya to make a move at the deadline. He traded Xavier Nady to the Pirates for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez. Oliver Perez of course goes on to start Game 7 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, but Adam Wainwright prevented a trip to the World Series.