With the Mets looking for a second-half spark, they once again turned to the trade market and struck a deal shortly before the deadline with Cincinnati for outfielder Jay Bruce. After early derailments left the deal in doubt, the two sides were able to come to an agreement with the Mets sending minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera and minor league left-hander Max Wotell to the Reds.
Bruce, 29, led the National League in RBI at the time of his arrival and has a team option left on his deal worth $12.5 million next season.
Sandy Alderson also re-acquired a familiar face in left-handed pitcher Jon Niese from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for reliever Antonio Bastardo. Niese is expected to serve in a swingman role out of the bullpen with the possibility of making spot starts.
The Mets and Yankees would have the beginning of their week intertwined with the start of the 2016 Subway Series. Games 1 and 2 would be played at Citi Field and the series would wrap up with Games 3 and 4 in the Bronx.
With a lead heading into the late innings, it appeared the Mets would start off the series on a high note. But the bullpen was unable to hang on as they surrendered the lead, and then the game in extra innings due to heroics from Didi Gregorius in the eighth and Starlin Castro in the 10th.
Jacob deGrom took the mound in Game 2 and held the Bronx Bombers scoreless over seven innings, striking out eight. Alejandro De Aza and Travis d'Arnaud each hit home runs off of Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka. Bruce was the only Met not to record a hit, going 0-for-4 in his debut. However, the Mets night ended on a sour note with the news that Yoenis Cespedes had aggravated a quad injury after entering the game as a pinch-hitter and will require a stint on the disabled list.
Game 3 saw starters Steven Matz and Chad Green struggle early. Home runs were exchanged on both sides as Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and Mark Teixeira all went deep. Benches cleared after Matz hit Teixeira with a pitch in the at-bat following his home run. Luis Severino was able to keep the Mets offense in check with 4 1/3 innings of relief as the Yankees pulled away for a 9-5 win.
The Mets followed the lead of ageless wonder Bartolo Colon to close out the series in style. Colon cruised through 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run in the Mets 4-1 win. He became the first pitcher to earn a win for both the Mets and Yankees in the Subway Series. Bruce was the offensive hero with a three-run homer that proved to be the difference.
The Mets would move on to Detroit for a weekend series. Justin Verlander outdueled Noah Syndergaard in the opener as a ninth-inning rally fell short in a 4-3 loss.
On Saturday, the Mets found themselves in a similar position, playing from behind late. A two-out rally in the ninth was cut short after Bruce was thrown out at home from right field on a d'Arnaud single in a close play in another one-run loss, 6-5.
It was deGrom to the rescue again Sunday afternoon. With the starting rotation putting forth inconsistent performances, deGrom has been a steady mainstay. He allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings in a Mets 3-1 win, but would earn a no-decision. The third time proved to be a charm for the Mets against Tigers' closer Francisco Rodriguez, as Neil Walker broke up a 1-1 tie in the ninth with a two-run blast.
This week the Mets return home on Tuesday for three games with Arizona and a weekend series against San Diego. They are currently nine games behind the Nationals in the NL East and two games out of the second Wild Card spot behind St. Louis and Miami.
In a rare occurrence, the Yankees turned into sellers at the trade deadline. Brian Cashman unloaded Carlos Beltran, Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman in the Yankees newfound youth movement. Feedback has been positive for the return packages, consisting of minor league prospects, some highly touted, and could prove beneficial in the long run.
Furthering the end of an era was a pair of surprise announcements from two long-tenured Yankees. First, Teixeira announced he will be retiring at the end of the season on Wednesday. Then on Sunday, the Yankees held a press conference where Alex Rodriguez announced that Friday will be his last game with the Yankees and that he will transition into a special adviser role within the organization through 2017.
The Yankees followed up Subway Series play by winning two of three against the Cleveland Indians.
They travel to Boston for three games starting on Tuesday and will host Tampa starting on Friday when A-Rod will play his final game in pinstripes.
Football season is officially underway as the Jets began full-padded practices last week.
Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini could miss Week 1 of the season due to a back injury. The Jet have been rotating a trio of options in first-team reps in the event that he is unavailable.
Darrelle Revis, who has spent most of the first week on the sidelines nursing an injury, and Brandon Marshall provided the headline of the week with a scuffle during practice. Both players have since downplayed the severity of the incident.
Newly acquired RB Matt Forte is expected to miss the preseason opener with a hamstring injury.
The Jets being preseason play on Thursday night against Jacksonville.
The Giants week started off with a sigh of relief that Odell Beckham Jr. was not severely injured during a scare at training camp. After a few days of rest, he was able to return to practice.
With the removal of Damon Harrison from the PUP List, the Giants enter camp with a relatively clean bill of health heading into preseason. Something they didn't deal with much of last year.
The Giants also signed veteran cornerback Leon Hall to a one-year deal this week. He is expected to serve in a versatile role within the secondary.
They will begin preseason play on Friday against Miami at MetLife Stadium.
Carmelo Anthony became the first U.S. male to play basketball in four Olympics. Anthony scored nine points in Team USA's 119-62 opening-game route of China.
Team USA is seeking their third straight Olympic gold medal.
NYCFC's Frank Lampard was named the MLS Player of the Week for his play over July 25-August 1 and Player of the Month in July. Lampard recorded a hat trick against the Colorado Rapids and totaled six goals in the month.
Goaltender Josh Saunders kept San Jose scoreless as NYCFC earned a draw on Saturday.
The Red Bulls started their week off by dominating Harrisburg in a 5-0 win.
In their 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League opener, the Red Bulls defeated Antigua Guatemala FC at Red Bull Arena, 3-0.
The Red Bulls couldn't hold onto a two-goal lead on Sunday against the Los Angeles Galaxy as they earned a draw in a 2-2 game.
Daniel Royer from FC Midtjylland and Omer Damari (on loan) from RB Leipzig were added to the Red Bulls roster this week.