The Detroit Tigers sent away their third player before the arrival of Friday's nonwaiver trade deadline, shipping left fielder Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets.
In return, the Tigers are getting righthanded pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.
Cespedes, 29, is well on his way to compiling a career year. Through 102 games, the Cuban, who can become a free agent after the season, is hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI. In Thursday night's 9-8 victory at Baltimore, he went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.
His subtraction represents the latest domino falling in the Tigers' "rebooting," which was announced by General Manager Dave Dombrowski on Wednesday, as they look to beef up their thin farm system. Thursday, Detroit traded ace David Price to Toronto and closer Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh.
The Tigers began Friday 11½ games behind the first-place Kansas City Royals in the AL Central but only 3½ games behind the Twins for the AL's second wild-card spot.
The Mets swung and missed earlier in the week to acquire Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee before connecting Friday. The Mets began the day ranked last in the major leagues in runs scored. They helped their cause by landing a player who put on a scintillating show at Citi Field while winning the 2013 Home Run Derby.
"I think that this is the kind of player that could have a big impact both in terms of the game on the field and how the team is perceived," Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said.
There were 16 trades made Friday ahead of the annual deadline for deals without waivers. Among them: lefthander Cole Hamels was officially dealt to Texas from Philadelphia, two days after word of the trade first emerged.
The reason for all the activity: 11 of 15 AL teams began the day within five games of a playoff berth, and seven of 15 in the NL, where the races are more defined.
The Rangers completed their deal to acquire Hamels and lefthanded reliever Jake Diekman for lefthander Matt Harrison and five prospects. The Rangers will receive $9.5 million to offset part of the contract for Hamels.
"I'm excited to start the next chapter of my baseball life," Hamels said.
Among other deals:
• Toronto acquired righthander Mark Lowe from Seattle and outfielder Ben Revere from Philadelphia, following up on its deals for All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, reliever LaTroy Hawkins and Price.
• Pittsburgh got lefthander J.A. Happ from Seattle, a day after he started and lost to the Twins, and first baseman Michael Morse from the Dodgers, who acquired him from Miami on Thursday.
• The Chicago Cubs acquired righthander Dan Haren from Miami and righthander Tommy Hunter from Baltimore.
• Baltimore got outfielder Gerardo Parra from Milwaukee.
• San Diego obtained lefthander Marc Rzepczynski from Cleveland.
Pierce dead at 88
Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star lefthander who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, died from cancer at the age of 88.
The lefthander played for Chicago from 1949 to 1961, starting three All-Star games in the mid-1950s. He also played for Detroit and San Francisco, going 211-169 with a 3.27 ERA, 1,999 strikeouts, 193 complete games and 38 shutouts. He reached the World Series with Chicago in 1959 and pitched a three-hit victory for the Giants in Game 6 three years later against the Yankees.
A Detroit native, he remains the White Sox career strikeouts leader with 1,796 and fourth in victories with 195.
• The Los Angeles Angels placed lefthander C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list because of left elbow inflammation. His absence could open a rotation spot next week for righthander Jered Weaver, who has been out for a month due to hip inflammation.
• The Los Angeles Dodgers put third baseman Justin Turner on the 15-day DL because of a right thigh infection caused by a pimple.
• Toronto was going to have a news conference to introduce Price, but he was sidetracked by a blowout to one of the tires on his gray sports car.