Mets trades from Billy McKinney to Dodgers

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The First Place New York Mets are reportedly interested in making a “big splash” that could mean acquiring a starting pitcher and slugger before the July 30 trade deadline. After Wednesday’s win over the Cincinnati Reds that propelled the Mets to 50-43 this season, they generated a small ripple.

According to the MLB website, the Mets traded outfielder Billy McKinney to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league outfielder Carlos Rincon. According to The Associated Press (h/t ESPN), the Mets also received cash in the trade and then claimed right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez from waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The AP-added Rincon will go to Double-A Binghamton, while Ramirez will report to Triple-A Syracuse.

New York originally brought in McKinney through a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on May 25, but assigned him for assignment on July 16. In total 79 games with those two organizations this year, McKinney hit .213 with eight homeruns and 20 RBI.

Met’s general manager Zack Scott explained during a Tuesday appearance on the “Big Time Baseball” podcast that he plans to trade for a starter at some point before the deadline. The Amazons have been linked to the likes of Jose Berrios of the Minnesota Twins and Tyler Anderson of the Pittsburgh Pirates in rumors and reports.

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