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.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.