The deal was about as done as a deal could be. Carlos Gomez and his Milwaukee Brewers teammates posed for a ceremonial, final photo together on the team plane, and Wilmer Flores shed a few tears after hearing the news. A big trade was in place to send Gomez to the Brewers in exchange for Flores and right-hander Zack Wheeler.

In the end, the New York Mets pulled out at the last second. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel that it was the standard exchange of medical records that tripped up the deal. According to reports, the Mets had concerns regarding Gomez’s hip. It was not Wheeler’s surgically repaired elbow that nixed the trade. Wheeler is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and has just recently begun throwing as his rehab continues.

Scott Boras, agent for the Brewers’ outfielder denied Gomez had ever dealt with hip issues in his career. Gomez did land on the disabled list in April with a right hamstring issue. Boras told Fox Sports that the 29-year-old had, “never had a hip issue in his playing career.”  

The deal would have sent Gomez back to the Mets, where his career began before being traded for Johan Santana in 2008. Gomez, a two-time All-Star, who is hitting .262 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs this season, would have been a nice addition for the offensively-challenged Mets, but now they will have to turn their attention elsewhere. Other outfield names the Mets have been connected to include Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, and Jay Bruce.

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