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.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.