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With Jacob deGrom making his fourth straight start against the Marlins, Miami finally got to him in a calamitous sixth inning as New York dropped its fourth straight game. Jeff McNeil rebounded nicely from his recent struggles with two doubles, including one that broke the ice in the third, and Dominic Smith brought in another run with a sacrifice fly, but Miami put up a four-spot in the sixth, helped out by Pete Alonso’s costly error. Robinson Cano hit a home run in the bottom half of the frame, but that was as close as the Mets would get as deGrom suffered his first loss of 2020. In defeat, Amed Rosario drew his first walk of 2020.
Justin Toscano looked at why the team made these trades when it did.
David Lennon asked whether the team should have made the moves that it did.
The Mets brought up reliever Hunter Strickland and optioned reliever Drew Smith to the alternate site.
J.D. Davis is officially listed as day-to-day, and Luis Rojas hopes that he can return during the team’s series in Baltimore.
Steven Matz is battling left shoulder bursitis, while the team does not have an official diagnosis yet for Dellin Betances. However, the news from the evaluation on Betances yesterday was “good”.
Juan Lagares, who was recently designated for assignment, declined his assignment and elected free agency.
The Shea family has expressed interest in owning a small stake in the franchise, a generation after declining the opportunity.
Around the National League East
In perhaps the most stunning trade of the day, the Marlins proved they were serious about contending by acquiring Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte. The Marlins parted with Caleb Smith, Humberto Mejia, and a Player To Be Named Later.
The move comes as Miami prepares for a postseason run.
The news comes on the heels of the report that Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz intends to return after opting out earlier this year from the 2020 season.
The Braves did not make any moves on a busy day of deals, and Atlanta’s Alex Anthopoulos explains why they stood pat.
Philadelphia also has spoken to J.T. Realmuto’s representatives. He is set to become a free agent this offseason and will be one of the most sought-after prizes of the winter.
Around Major League Baseball
In the biggest blockbuster of the 2020 trade deadline, the Padres acquired starter Mike Clevinger from the Indians, along with Greg Allen and a Player To Be Named Later. San Diego sent pitcher Cal Quantrill, outfielder Josh Naylor, catcher Austin Hedges, and three minor league prospects in the deal.
In the strangest trade deadline ever, the Padres went all in.
The Blue Jays were busy at the deadline, picking up starter Robbie Ray from the Diamondbacks and second baseman Villar from the Marlins. Toronto traded left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen in return for Ray.
Tracy Ringolsby looks at the evolution of the baseball card, from hobby to passion.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Steve Sypa reminisced about Jay Payton in his latest Prospect Retrospective.
Steve Sypa provided an update on the CPBL team, the KBO team, and the NPB team that the From Complex to Queens team has been following this year.
Episode 77 of From Complex to Queens went up and discussed Bud Fowler, the earliest known African American player to play professional baseball.