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.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.