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Mets, Brewers call off reported Carlos Gomez trade

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UPDATE, 12:26 AM ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the Mets actually canceled the deal over long-term concerns about Gomez’s hip. Gomez missed some time earlier this season with a right hip issue, but he has played in all but one of the Brewers’ games since June 23. Another odd turn.

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11:02 PM ET: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson just informed the media that the deal has been called off and is not going to be revisited. What a crazy night. The logical explanation here is that the Brewers didn’t like Wheeler’s medicals, but Alderson would not elaborate.

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9:01 PM ET: As first confirmed by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets have officially acquired star center fielder Carlos Gomez from the Brewers. Wilmer Flores, a 23-year-old infielder, and Zack Wheeler, a 25-year-old starting pitcher, are heading to Milwaukee in return. That package was first suggested by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Gomez gives the Mets, who ranked last in runs scored entering Wednesday, a much-needed offensive boost. He’s having a relatively down 2015 season, but the 29-year-old is a year removed from a 23-homer, 34-steal campaign. There’s nothing to suggest he can’t get it together down the stretch.

Gomez is making $8 million this season and $9 million next season. He can then become a free agent.

As for Milwaukee’s return … Flores owns a .278 on-base percentage in 197 career major league games, but he’s shown some pop and he was an all-around force offensively in the minors. Wheeler was a big pitching prospect and would have made the Mets’ rotation this year out of spring training, but he needed Tommy John surgery in March. The right-hander has a 3.50 ERA and 270 strikeouts in 285 1/3 career major league frames.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki goes way yard in Blue Jays debut

Troy Tulowitzki
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Troy Tulowitzki struck out swinging in his first Blue Jays at-bat Wednesday night against the Phillies, but he unloaded on this Jerome Williams pitch in his second trip to the plate

Tulo was acquired from the Colorado Rockies late Monday night as part of a six-player trade.

Report: Mets “pushing very hard” for Carlos Gomez

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UPDATE, 9:01 PM ET: The deal is complete. It’s Gomez to the Mets for Flores and Wheeler.

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UPDATE, 8:46 PM ET: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Brewers would indeed get Lagares if this deal goes through.

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UPDATE, 8:20 PM ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the Mets and Brewers have talked about a package for Gomez that would include infielder Wilmer Flores and starter Zack Wheeler.

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There’s been a lot of speculation that these two could be a fit, and now it may be close to happening …

25-year-old Mets center fielder Juan Lagares might be part of the package heading to Milwaukee given the position he plays and Milwaukee’s sudden need if Gomez is dealt. Gerardo Parra is another Brewers outfielder known to be on the trade block. Gomez, who’s slashing .280/.344/.478 over the last three seasons with Milwaukee, would give the Mets a much-needed offensive boost for the stretch run and for 2016. The 29-year-old is making $8 million this year and is due $9 million next year. He can then become a free agent.

At the time of this posting, the Mets stand just one game back of the Nationals in the NL East. There’s blood in the water, and the Mets are close to combining a big bat with their impressive young pitching staff.

Gomez was signed by the Mets as an amateur in 2002 and played part of the 2007 season in New York.