ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent infielder Wilmer Flores. It’s a one-year deal with a club option. The financial terms are not yet known.
Flores has spent his entire six-year career with the Mets. In 2018 he hit .267/.319/.746 (107 OPS+) with 11 homers while playing first, second third an DHing. In his career he has played more games at shortstop than anyplace else. He’s likely a liability there and, for that matter, at third base at this point. In Arizona it’s likely he’ll platoon with Jake Lamb at first and/or cover for Lamb at first when Lamb takes third base and Eduardo Escobar plays short, second or, perhaps, the outfield.
Flexibility, don’t you know. It’s what you have to have when you trade and/or let your stars go via free agency like the Dbacks have.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.
With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.
Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.
Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.