A trade that would have sent New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores and starting pitcher Zack Wheeler to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gomez has been nixed over concerns about Wheeler’s health. At the start of spring training Wheeler tore his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery.
The Brewers have been searching for a trade partner to unload Gomez, but concerns over Wheeler’s surgically repaired elbow resulted in Milwaukee backing away from the deal.
To make matters worse for the Mets, Flores caught wind of the initial trade talks and became emotional after learning that he would be leaving the team who signed him back in 2007 as a 16-year-old prospect. Flores, 24, was seen crying in the infield and exited into the Mets dugout to a rousing ovation from Citi Field.
Manager Terry Collins spoke to Flores to indicate that the trade was canceled and the Amazin’s shortstop will remain with the team.
According to a conflicting report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mets were the team that ducked out of the deal over Gomez’s right hip/groin issue which caused him to miss time earlier in the year.
With Friday’s MLB Trade Deadline fast approaching, Sandy Alderson and crew are still in search of a viable outfield bat to solidify the lineup. Cincinnati Reds’ slugger Jay Bruce has been linked to the Mets and could be a viable option with the Gomez trade falling through.
With Met fans feeling as though the rug has been pulled from underneath them, the front office will need to work diligently to consummate a trade without forfeit some of the organization’s blue-chip prospects and building blocks. Several marquee players have already found landing spots including: TroyTulowitzki, Ben Zobrist, Michael Morse.
As the hours tick away, the Amazin’s are up against the clock to make a roster move, but Wednesday night’s fiasco in Queens showed fans to expect the unexpected.