The trade ultimately fell through. Mets manager Terry Collins said he had a conversation with Flores Thursday morning, and Collins thinks Flores is OK.
“I think so. You hope so,” Collins said. “But I also thought I’d give him today to kind of get himself back on the ground and move forward.”
Flores received a standing ovation from Mets fans when he batted in the bottom of the seventh inning and was visibly emotional when he took his position at shortstop in the eighth, before eventually being removed from the game by Collins.
“I thought Wilmer handled it great,” Collins said. “OK, he showed a little emotion, there’s nothing wrong with that for me. It shows you they’re real people. I told him this morning, I said I thought he handled it great.”
Collins called Wednesday the weirdest day he’s had in his career as a manger.
“It was a tough night,” Collins said. “I’ve been through a lot of situations where there’s a rumor that someone’s gonna be traded, but not that the deal was done, and see what happened afterward. It was a learning experience for us all.”
Travis d'Arnaud has rejoined the Mets but will not be activated from the DL until Friday. D'Arnaud caught consecutive nine-inning night games with Double-A Binghamton to complete a rehab assignment on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wilmer Flores also is on the bench a day after Wednesday's drama.
Ruben Tejada, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Lucas Duda, 1B
Juan Uribe, 3B
Michael Conforto, LF
Jonathon Niese, LHP
Juan Lagares, CF
Melvin Upton, CF
Derek Norris, 1B
Matt Kemp, RF
Justin Upton, LF
Jedd Gyorko, 2B
Clint Barmes, SS
Andrew Cashner, RHP
NEW YORK --
FIRST PITCH: In one of the more bizarre nights in New York Mets history, Wilmer Flores was crying at shortstop, thinking he was getting traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. Meanwhile, on the Brewers team plane, Carlos Gomez was posing for photos with teammates, believing he had been traded to the Mets.
In the end, though, a deal that would have sent Zack Wheeler and Flores to Milwaukee for Gomez died during the medical-review phase, Brewers GM Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Multiple reports say the Mets nixed the trade over concerns about Gomez's hip, although agent Scott Boras vehemently denied any medical issue exists with his client.
So Wheeler and Flores remain Mets. And Gomez remains in Milwaukee. And the deal is dead, said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, who has until 4 p.m. ET Friday to find another bat.
On the field, the Mets dropped two games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East on Wednesday. And the Mets again dropped four games behind the San Francisco Giants for the second wild-card slot (although San Francisco is nearly ready to unseat the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead).
In Thursday's 12:10 p.m. ET series finale between the Mets and San Diego Padres, Jonathon Niese (5-9, 3.75 ERA) returns after the birth of his son in Ohio to oppose right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-10, 3.93).
THURSDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:
- Bartolo Colon allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings and the Mets lost to the Padres, 7-3, on Wednesday. Colon had the shortest outing by a Mets starter this season. Lucas Duda had three homers, giving him six long balls in the last four games. Duda became the second Met in franchise history with three homers in a home game. Kirk Nieuwenhuis became the first on July 12. The last time a player hit three solo homers to account for his team's only runs in a loss, it also was a Met involved. Ike Davis went deep three times in a Mets loss to Arizona on July 28, 2012. Read game recaps in the Post, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
- Travis d'Arnaud is due to rejoin the Mets on Thursday after completing a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton. D'Arnaud caught nine innings on consecutive days with the B-Mets and got 20 at-bats total while with the club.
- The positive PED test that triggered Jenrry Mejia's 162-game suspension was conducted while he still was serving his original 80-game suspension, a source told ESPN.com.
- Columnist David Lennon in Newsday and Bob Klapisch in the Record recap the whacky night at Citi Field.
- Brock Peterson homered twice and Binghamton beat New Britain, 11-4. Dash Winningham homered twice and Kingsport beat Pulaski, 10-4. Read the full minor league recap here.
- From the bloggers … Mets Report worries about Colon.
BIRTHDAYS: Clint Hurdle turns 58.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
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YOU'RE UP: Would you have approved of Wheeler and Flores for Gomez?
BINGHAMTON 11, NEW BRITAIN 4: First baseman Brock Peterson homered twice, and third baseman Josh Rodriguez also went deep. Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-5 in his final rehab game before returning to the big leagues. Starter Robert Gsellman got the win, giving up two runs (zero earned) in five innings. Box
DAYTONA 7, ST. LUCIE 2: First baseman Dominic Smith went 3-for-4. Starter Scarlyn Reyes took the loss, giving up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. Box
KINGSPORT 10, PULASKI 4: First baseman Dash Winningham homered twice, and shortstop Milton Ramos and center fielder Ivan Wilson also went deep. Starter Audry German got the win, giving up four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Box
BROOKLYN 6, HUDSON VALLEY 3: Center fielder Tucker Tharp and first baseman Jeff Diehl homered. Starter Kevin Canelon got the win, giving up one run in six innings. Box
GCL METS 4, GCL NATIONALS 1
GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 1 (suspended): The Mets won Wednesday's regularly scheduled game, but are trailing big in the second, which was a makeup of Tuesday's rainout, but was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the first inning. In Game 1, third baseman Franklin Correa had two hits and three RBIs. Reliever Adonis Uceta got the win. In Game 2, starter Joel Huertas gave up eight runs in 1/3 of an inning. Box 1, Box 2
You might recall a few weeks ago that we advocated caution for Sandy Alderson with regards to his trade chips, suggesting he not try to make too big a splash for the New York Mets at the trade deadline.
Alderson has done well to add players so far -- Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson provide some depth and versatility at a couple of positions and Tyler Clippard gives the team a now significantly-needed arm in the bullpen who can get big outs against either righties or lefties at the end of a game -- without giving up anything of significance.
But rather than sacrifice a valuable prospect or potentially useful pitcher to rent Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton for two months (now that Carlos Gomez seems to be off the table), it might be more prudent to continue a careful approach.
The idea here is not just to win this season, but to build something with sustainability. You want to hang on to guys such as pitcher Michael Fulmer (who has an 0.68 ERA in his last nine starts at Double-A) or Brandon Nimmo (who just got promoted to Triple-A) so that you have them if you need them. Given how often baseball players get injured, it’s inevitable that you will.
With that in mind, here's a thought on a useful player the Mets could pursue who would probably cost them very little -- Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis.
Davis is 34 years old and at the end of a two-year deal with the Tigers, making $5 million this season. He is not a great hitter, but he's not a terrible hitter either. He’s currently in a 1-for-23 slump, which took his batting average from .278 to .254. His OPS is .709, slightly below major-league average.
He brings a skill that the Mets could use, though. He'd immediately become the fastest player on the team.
Davis is 14-for-18 in stolen base attempts and has a career-high seven triples this season.
From 2012 to 2014, Davis averaged 42 steals with an 81 percent success rate. Over the last two seasons, Davis has the third-highest baserunning rating (a Fangraphs.com-based metric that measures all aspects of baserunning effectiveness). That was one spot better than former Met Eric Young Jr. Davis has maintained a decent rating this season despite not playing as often as he usually does.
The Mets are severely lacking in team speed. Curtis Granderson entered Wednesday as the team leader with nine stolen bases. Juan Lagares has seven and has not materialized into the basestealer the Mets hoped he would be.
The Mets have two minor leaguers on the 40-man roster who have some speed -- Darrell Ceciliani and Wilfredo Tovar. But both lack the experience and savvy that Davis would bring to a team trying to win a division title.
Additionally, Davis brings positional flexibility. He can play left, center and right field and plays them all adequately (his Defensive Runs Saved totals are worse in left field).
It sounds like Davis is available for the getting. He reportedly followed more than 30 Cardinals-related Twitter accounts recently, so there might be some competition for his services.
But we have a hunch that Davis wouldn't mind coming back East either. He’s from the same part of Connecticut that produced Matt Harvey and Eric Campbell (New London), so he'd likely have a nice welcoming committee.
The other nice thing about Davis is that he'd probably come cheap. Instead of giving up Nimmo or Fulmer, you'd probably be giving up a prospect similar to the ones in the Uribe/Johnson deal.
Let's see if the Mets do anything to make that happen.
Damage report: Colon had given up his first run just three batters into the game. Will Venable led off the first inning with a bunt single, went to third base on Yangervis Solarte's single and scored on Matt Kemp's single. Then Justin Upton drove home Solarte with a sacrifice fly.
The Padres scored two more runs in the second inning. Austin Hedges hit a one-out single, was bunted over to second base and scored on a Venable single. Then Venable scored on a Solarte single.
To open the third inning, Upton and Yonder Alonso took Colon deep. After the back-to-back homers, you knew he wasn't long for this game. Two more Padres singles and Mets manager Terry Collins had seen enough -- he yanked Colon in favor of Alex Torres, who managed to escape further damage in the frame.
Offensively: Duda accounted for all three Mets runs with homers Nos. 16, No. 17 and No. 18 on the season -- solo shots off Padres starter Tyson Ross in the second inning, Kevin Quackenbush in the sixth and Marcos Mateo in the ninth.
Duda became the second player in franchise history to homer three times in a home game. The other? Kirk Nieuwenhuis … on July 12.
The last player to have three homers in a major league game in which his team scored only three runs also was a Met. It was Ike Davis on July 28, 2012 in a 6-3 loss to Arizona.
The second-inning blast ended Ross' 100-inning homerless streak -- the longest by a big-league pitcher in a single season since the Mets' Sid Fernandez went 111 innings without giving up a homer in 1992.
The Mets had just two other hits in the game.
Bizarre situation: Wilmer Flores continued to play despite widespread reports he was being traded to the Brewers. Flores received an ovation during his apparent final at-bat as a Met. He finally was pinch-hit for in his final at-bat in the ninth inning.
What's next: The series finale, and it's a very quick turnaround. It'll be Jonathon Niese (5-9, 3.75) pitching for the Mets, opposed by Andrew Cashner (4-10, 3.93), with first pitch scheduled for 12:10 p.m. ET on Thursday.
NEW YORK -- Carlos Gomez apparently isn't the only infusion headed to the New York Mets. Travis d'Arnaud completed a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday night and is headed to New York.
D'Arnaud caught a full game for the second straight day. He also went 1-for-5 with a double and RBI in Binghamton's 11-4 win against New Britain.
D'Arnaud logged 20 at-bats during his rehab assignment in the Eastern League.
He originally landed on the DL on June 20 with a sprained left elbow. The injury occurred applying a tag on a play at the plate on Atlanta's A.J. Pierzynski at Turner Field.
NEW YORK -- The drug test that resulted in Jenrry Mejia's 162-game suspension for PEDs was conducted while the New York Mets reliever was still serving his original suspension, not after he was activated on July 7, a source tells ESPN's T.J. Quinn.
Mejia had been active for three weeks when Major League Baseball announced the suspension on Tuesday due to a positive test for the anabolic steroids Stanozolol and Boldenone.
Mejia spent most of the season serving an 80-game suspension for a positive test for Stanozolol.
"Not surprisingly, there's a tremendous amount of disappointment -- I think to some extent anger, to some extent amazement -- that this could happen so soon after a previous suspension was completed. And some sadness," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday. "This is having a tremendously adverse effect on a very promising major league career, and that's a shame. But the rules are the rules. We support the rules. This is the consequence of making bad choices."
In the end, though, there was no deal.
Although the teams had agreed to the players in a trade -- right-hander Zack Wheeler and Flores for Gomez -- the deal crumbled Wednesday night after an exchange of medical records, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel.
The Mets pulled the plug, according to a source. Multiple reports placed the reason for the Mets bailing as concern about Gomez's hip.
Scott Boras, Gomez's agent, disputed any medical issue with Gomez, though.
"He's in first-class physical condition without issue," Boras said. "We monitor our players closely. If there was ever an issue with him, we would have him seen by experts in a particular area. He has not been seen by any outside physicians this year. Other than a hamstring issue, he's been in great physical health. He plans on playing in the big leagues for the next 15 years."
Boras told Fox Sports that Gomez had "never had a hip issue in his playing career."
Wheeler's medical information had seemed the most likely to scuttle a trade. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in March, he had just started to resume throwing this week.
But a source told ESPN.com Wheeler's medical information played no role in the deal disintegrating.
"The Mets indeed want Carlos Gomez. Heard are asking for a 'top 4 starter' in return. You know who they are," Crasnick writes. "Sounds like Gomez-to-Mets deal will be tough to consummate unless Brewers drop their asking price."
Gomez, 29, is signed through next season. He will earn $9 million in 2016.
A two-time All-Star, Gomez is batting .262 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 286 at-bats.