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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.