The New York Mets acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin and left-hander Phillip Diehl from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-hander Jose Acuña and utility player Hector Rodríguez. The teams announced the trade on Twitter.
It’s the Mets’ second notable trade of the month, joining the deal last week that landed them Daniel Vogelbach of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Naquin, 31, is an imminent free agent who emerged during a two-season stint with the Reds as a useful squad bat. He’s batted .262/.324/.462 (104 OPS+) with 25 home runs and eight stolen bases (out of 13 downs) in his last 182 games. Most of his damage came against the right-handed pitcher, as he entered Thursday with a .279/.339/.510 slash line over that stretch when lucky enough to have the advantage of the peloton.
Naquin figures to serve in a squad or pinch capacity for the Mets. At a minimum, he should represent an upgrade over Travis Jankowski, the Mets’ current top reserve outfielder.
Diehl, 28, has played five games for the big league side the Reds this season, giving him 21 for his career. He amassed a 9.47 ERA (55 ERA+) and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.50 in those appearances. He throws a 90s fastball with good spin and slider.
Acuña, 19, has a 2.88 ERA and 3.67 strikeout ratio in 40 career innings. He recently made his A-ball debut, where Statcast data had it topped in the mid-90s. Neither FanGraphs nor Baseball America ranked him among the Mets’ top 30 prospects.
Rodríguez, 18, is a career .321/.377/.500 hitter who has torn this season between complex league and A-ball. He was ranked the Mets’ 30th-best prospect by FanGraphs in the preseason, with Eric Longenhagen noting that he has “more-more bat control” despite having “very little physical projection.”