Major League Baseball can be both fun and infuriating at the same time. Just a little while after it was wide reported that the Milwaukee Brewers had sent Carlos Gomez to the New York Mets comes this awesome piece of information.
Indicating that the media “had gotten ahead of the facts,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson firmly indicated that “there is no trade” for Gomez. He also issued an apology to shortstop Wilmer Flores, who was widely speculated to be heading to Milwaukee in the deal.
Flores ended up being put back in the team’s game against the San Diego Padres, at which point emotions got the best of him:
Surreal scene. Mets trade Wilmer Flores but leave him in game. Flores then cries on field while playing. pic.twitter.com/0CDpjGpwpS
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) July 30, 2015
Flores had this to say after the odd situation played out:
“I was sad, being a Met forever, so I got emotional.”
Considering he has been with the organization since he was 16, no one can blame Flores for showing some emotion here. It had to be difficult for him.
For some reason, Mets manager Terry Collins thought it was fitting to throw some shade the media’s way after his organization handled this whole situation as poorly as possible:
Terry Collins on Flores' response: "There's a lot of BS out there. A lot of it." Says he didn't know anything about it.
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) July 30, 2015
“You guys think they’re stone-cold robots,” Collins added. “They’re human beings with emotions.”
Unfortunately for Collins’ narrative, the media played no role in Flores thinking he was traded in-game. The blame can firmly be placed on the organization for that.
According to USA Today, the potential hold up in the deal had to do with Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler’s physical. Remember, the 25-year-old starter was slated to head to Milwaukee in the deal. It now appears that Wheeler’s health didn’t check out after he underwent Tommy John Surgery back in March.
Needless to say, this has been a complete mess. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline on Friday.
Photo: USA Today Sports