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Mets land Cespedes to give offense boost

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NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes put on a scintillating show at Citi Field while winning the Home Run Derby two years ago. Now he has two months to power the New York Mets into the playoffs.

Eagerly chasing offense as the clock ticked down on Friday's trade deadline, the Mets landed the big right-handed bat they so desperately needed by acquiring Cespedes from Detroit for two minor league pitchers.

Cespedes hit .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs in 102 games for the Tigers. The slugging outfielder, who can become a free agent after this season, joins his fourth team in a year and a day but represents a major boost to a weak lineup that threatened to derail New York's postseason hopes.

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