From the last-place Reds, Naquin joins the first-place Mets.

Tyler Naquin sat on the bench for Friday night's series opening in Miami after being traded from the last-place Reds to the first-place Mets.

On Thursday night, New York traded two teenage minor leaguers, outfielder Hector Rodriguez and right-hander Jose Acua, for the left-handed reliever and outfielder Phillip Diehl.

It's fantastic and wonderful news. The previous several hours have been a blur, Naquin remarked. "Our baseball team is strong. It's great to anticipate that.

56 games with the Reds, batting 246 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs. In a 7-6 defeat to the Marlins on Thursday afternoon, he homered and knocked in two runs.

The Mets designated outfielder Travis Jankowski for assignment while also calling up pitchers Sam Clay and Stephen Nogosek from Syracuse and optioning David Peterson to the Triple-A farm squad.

Cleveland selected Naquin with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 draught. He made his big league debut in 2016 and finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting with an OPS of.886 in 116 games.

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