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.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.