Wilmer Flores receives standing ovation, tears up on infield over trade that never happened

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Unique situation Wednesday night at Citi Field. As the game between the Padres and Mets was entering the later innings, rumors were flying that infielder Wilmer Flores and pitcher Zack Wheeler were going to be heading to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez. The trade was said to be done, pending physicals, and Flores received a nice ovation from Mets fans when he stepped to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning …

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Flores then broke into tears when he took the field in the top of the eighth inning, thinking he was finished in a Mets uniform. But the Mets had serious concerns about the stability of Gomez’s left hip after receiving his medical records and New York general manager Sandy Alderson announced immediately after the game that the trade had been called off. It’s not going to be revisited either.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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