Mets trade Billy McKinney to Dodgers, claim RHP Roel Ramirez from Cardinals


The New York Mets made two moves on Wednesday, one of which was trading recently DFA outfielder Billy McKinney to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor-league outfielder Carlos Rincon and cash.

The Mets also claimed RHP Roel Ramirez off waivers from the Cardinals, and will option him to Triple-A Syracuse. The team had an open 40-man roster spot after designating Jerad Eickhoff for assignment on Tuesday.

McKinney was acquired from Milwaukee on May 25 and played 39 games with the Mets, hitting .220 with five home runs and 14 RBI. He was designated for assignment last week when J.D. Davis was activated, a move that Mets manager Luis Rojas called “incredibly tough.”

Ramirez, 26, has spent most of this season at Triple-A Memphis, posting a 4.34 ERA in 29 innings. He made his MLB debut last year with the Cardinals, allowing six runs in two-thirds of an inning in his only appearance, and his lone MLB outing this year saw him allow three runs in one-third of an inning.

Rincon, 23, has played 63 games at Double-A Tulsa this year, slashing .263/.343/.470 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI.

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