UPDATE, 9:01 PM ET: The deal is complete. It’s Gomez to the Mets for Flores and Wheeler.
UPDATE, 8:46 PM ET: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Brewers would indeed get Lagares if this deal goes through.
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.
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.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.