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Mets Call Up Top Prospect Jeff McNeil From Triple-A

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The 2018 season has been nothing short of a disaster for the New York Mets, so the only thing their fans really have to look forward to over the next couple of months is the development of young players in the organization. On Tuesday, the Mets finally called up left-handed hitting utility infielder Jeff McNeil from Triple-A Las Vegas.

McNeil, 26, has been one of the hottest hitters in the Mets’ farm system this season. He started the year in Double-A Binghamton, where he batted .327 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs in 57 games. McNeil was then promoted to Triple-A, where he was hitting .368 with five homers and 28 RBIs before getting called up on Tuesday.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was one of the first to report that McNeil was finally getting promoted.

The Mets have a few different options for how they can use McNeil. He mainly played second base in Las Vegas and Binghamton, but also made starts at third base, shortstop and even left field. Asdrubal Cabrera has been the starting second baseman for the Mets this season, but there is a chance they could deal him before the July 31 trade deadline, as he has been one of their best hitters this year.

Although McNeil will be available during the Mets’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, manager Mickey Callaway did not put him in the lineup.

Mets fans will definitely want to see McNeil get a lot of playing time over the next two months. At 40-57, the team clearly isn’t going anywhere this season. The best thing Callaway can do right now is play his young guys and see what they can do so that the Mets have a better idea of what they have for 2019.

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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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