As you’ve probably already heard, Jeff Conine was traded to the New York Mets yesterday:

Conine was traded from the Reds to the contending Mets on Monday afternoon in exchange for a pair of Minor Leaguers, and quickly changed places in terms of the playoff hunt.

“First place,” Conine said of the Mets. “I get to go back into another pennant race. As a baseball player and athlete, that’s what you strive to do, win. I’m definitely going to a winning situation.”

Infielder Jorge Cantu was called up from Triple-A Louisville to take Conine’s 25-man roster spot….

In the deal, the Reds picked up shortstop Jose Castro and outfielder Sean Henry and they will be assigned to Double-A Chattanooga. Both players were with the Mets’ Class A St. Lucie club. Castro is ranked second in the Florida State League with a .318 average. The 20-year-old has two homers and 25 RBIs. Henry, 22, is tied for the league with 132 hits while batting .293 with 11 homers and 57 RBIs.

I think this is a good deal all the way around. Thanks to Conine for his service as a Red; we wish him nothing but the best of luck with New York.