Last night was the most bizarre night we’ve had in baseball in quite some time. Multiple baseball news outlets had reported that the New York Mets had agreed to trade INF Wilmer Flores and pitcher Zack Wheeler to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for OF Carlos Gomez.
Everything was fine until things got weird and writers present at Citi Field started reporting that Flores was still in the game and playing shortstop as if nothing had happened. The baseball world was stunned and more than one question was asked, but things took a turn to the ridiculous when Wilmer Flores stepped up to the plate and to his surprise, received a standing ovation from the fans at Citi, who thanks to social media, knew that Flores was on his way out of the organization he signed with back on his 16th birthday.
Flores came out to play shortstop after his at-bat and it was emotions galore.
After the game, Terry Collins said that he was as confused as Flores and everybody else. He was informed by one of the other players that Flores was getting emotional on the field and so he approached the 23-year-old, explained to him that it appears he had been traded, and let him go. David Wright, Ruben Tejada and Michael Cuddyer are seen following him down the clubhouse.
Things got even weirder and more bizarre when GM Sandy Alderson, during a presser after the game to address the rumors, said that social media had jumped the gun. “There is no trade. … It will not transpire,” said Alderson.
Reports late last night said that Gomez’s medical was the reason why the Brewers called off the deal, citing concerns regarding his hip. Wheeler, who underwent Tommy John surgery and just recently started rehabbing, was not the reason why the Brewers decided move on and keep Gomez — for now.
The Mets are expected to go after another bat, as has been rumored for a few days now. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do leading up to Friday’s 4pm ET deadline. Stay tuned.