Mets' deal for Carlos Gomez 'will not transpire,' Sandy Alderson says
— -- A trade that was to send Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez to the New York Mets for right-hander Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores "has not and will not transpire," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday night.
Alderson issued an apology to Flores after the trade was widely reported earlier in the night.
It wasn't clear exactly what transpired, and Alderson didn't provide details while speaking to reporters after the Mets' 7-3 loss to the visiting San Diego Padres, saying media had "gotten ahead of the facts."
But a source had earlier told ESPN's Adam Rubin the deal was pending a Brewers physical of Wheeler, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and only resumed throwing Monday.
Wheeler has estimated he will return to the majors in June or July 2016.
"I haven't spoken to anyone but Wilmer, who was sort of at ground zero of this," Alderson said.
The Mets continued to use Flores in Wednesday's game against the Padres as the trade news became public. Fans at Citi Field gave Flores an ovation before and after his seventh-inning at-bat. He was dabbing tears from his eyes as he headed to the field the following half-inning.
"I was sad, being a Met forever, so I got emotional" said Flores, 23, a Venezuelan who was signed by the Mets in 2007 as a 16-year-old.
Mets manager Terry Collins said in his postgame media conference that everybody in the stadium thought Flores had been traded but Flores, because he hadn't been told.
"You guys think they're stone-cold robots," Collins said. "They're human beings with emotions."
The trade would have been the third by Alderson since Friday.
The Mets also acquired Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Atlanta Braves for minor league right-handers John Gant and Rob Whalen and reliever Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics for minor league right-hander Casey Meisner.
Gomez, a two-time All-Star, is batting .262 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 286 at-bats. Gomez began his career with the Mets before getting traded to the Minnesota Twins in the Johan Santana deal on Feb. 2, 2008.
Flores began the season as the Mets' shortstop, but more recently he has played primarily at second base. He entered Wednesday's game batting .249 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs in 338 at-bats.
Information from ESPN's Adam Rubin, Jim Bowden and Jerry Crasnick was used in this report.