SEATTLE — With the non-waiver trade deadline looming on Monday, the Mets most definitely are sellers. Their focus has shifted to winning in 2018. But on Friday night, they worked toward the future by acting like buyers, trading two prospects to the Marlins for closer A.J. Ramos.
The surprise move unfolded in the middle of a 7-5 victory over the Mariners, the Mets’ seventh victory in 10 games.
Before a large contingent of friends and family, Michael Conforto enjoyed a happy homecoming. Playing for the first time near his native Redmond, Washington, the All-Star hit a pair of solo home runs, with the latter tying the score as part of a three-run rally in the eighth.
“I saw some familiar faces around the dugout and behind home plate,” Conforto said. “Just people that have helped me along the way — coaches, teachers, people from my hometown . . . It doesn’t get any better than that.”
After Wilmer Flores beat out a potential double-play ball to keep the eighth inning alive, Neil Walker singled home the go-ahead run in his first game back off the disabled list, where he had spent the last six weeks with a hamstring injury. Curtis Granderson’s RBI single added an insurance run.
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