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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.