Published on July 30th, 2015 | by Josh Chapdelaine1
The Carlos Gomez non-trade timeline
After weeks of speculation that the Mets could acquire Milwaukee Brewers CF Carlos Gomez, the team appeared to do just that. During Wednesday’s Mets-Padres game, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Mets and Brewers completed a deal that would send Gomez to the Mets in return for RHP Zack Wheeler and INF Wilmer Flores, pending physicals.
#Mets have gotten Carlos Gomez Post has learned
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 30, 2015
As news of the trade spread like wildfire through social media, Flores came to bat to a standing ovation. After Flores grounded out to shortstop, he entered the dugout to a second ovation. When he took the field during the next inning, the shortstop was reduced to tears. The business side of baseball is tough, said SNY broadcaster and former Met Keith Hernandez.
Mets manager Terry Collins was met with stark criticism that he left an emotional Flores in the game. Collins had a fiery defense, noting he had not been informed of a trade.
Terry Collins is steaming at how tonight has gone down. He says he knows nothing about any trade.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) July 30, 2015
Terry Collins: “Why would I have taken him out of the game? I’ve been in tears in the third inning and nobody has taken me out of the game!”
— Marly Rivera ~ ESPN (@MarlyRiveraESPN) July 30, 2015
Shortly following Collins’ press conference, Mets GM Sandy Alderson announced the Mets will not acquire Gomez. Reports circulated that the Mets were unhappy with his physical and balked.
Gomez’s agent Scott Boras defended his client’s health, citing Gomez’s current endurance.
Boras: “There is nothing at issue with Carlos Gomez’s health. He is playing every day. That is the proof of his health. He is fine.” — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 30, 2015
Mets officials later appeared to be frustrated with how the Gomez trade fell apart.
Photo credit: Michael G. Baron