Multiple reports Wednesday night say the Mets and Brewers have agreed to a trade to send Carlos Gomez back to New York for Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores. The teams are reportedly looking at medical records before making the deal official.
Gomez is a Gold Glove-winning center fielder who is batting .266 with eight homers and 43 RBIs this season. He has only seven stolen bases after topping 30 steals the past three years. Gomez has been battling injuries this season. He got his start with the Mets but was dealt to the Twins in the Johan Santana deal.
Gomez is making $8 million this season, so the Mets are on the hook for a little less than half of that. He is signed for 2016 for $9 million. No word if the Brewers are sending any money New York’s way.
Wheeler, of course, is recovering from Tommy John surgery and likely will not pitch until the middle of next season. So all the Mets are giving up right now is Flores, who has inexplicably been bumped from the starting lineup by the mediocre Ruben Tejada.
I’m not sure how I feel about this deal. With the Mets so rich in pitching, I have no problem trading Wheeler, especially with him being out. But I was hoping for a power hitter like Jay Bruce. Gomez can spark a team when he is on, and he did hit more than 20 home runs the past two seasons. And the Mets desperately need a leadoff hitter. So maybe this is the right deal.