Apparently the New York Mets were not done adding prior to Friday’s deadline. After acquiring Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and Tyler Clippard in two separate deals over the past week, the team has reportedly picked up All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers.
While adding Gomez will help the second-place Mets make a run at the postseason in what has been a surprising 2015 campaign, the bounty they reportedly yielded in picking him up has to be seen as alarmingly high.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post is reporting that New York has sent starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores to the Brewers in the deal.
Wheeler, 25, has long been considered one of the best young arms in baseball. He’s slated to miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, but the expectation is that he will be able to return at some point during the first half of the 2016 campaign. Wheeler put up an 11-11 record with a 3.54 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 32 starts for the Mets last season.
Meanwhile, Flores has also been highly regarded in New York’s system for years now. He’s hitting .249 with 10 homers, 49 RBI’s and a .660 OPS this year.
Giving up two big pieces that projected to play larger roles down the line indicates that New York is prepared to go all in this year. Despite having a down season, Gomez is still a solid bat to add at the top of the lineup. He’s also under team control for $9 million next season. The 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .266 with eight homers and 43 RBI’s this year.
New York entered Wednesday’s action with a 52-48 record and just one game behind the Washington Nationals in what has been a surprisingly competitive National League East this year.
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