Now we're talking. With under 48 hours remaining until the MLB trade deadline, the New York Mets are reportedly close to pulling off a big trade, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Carig wasn't aware of who the Mets might be targeting, but given their strong pitching staff and recent acquisition of Tyler Clippard, the odds are they are looking at an impact bat to aid their anemic lineup. Where the Brewers come into play: The Mets are known to have had at least some interest in both center fielder Carlos Gomez and outfielder Gerardo Parra, along with shortstop Jean Segura.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets have specifically discussed Gomez with the Brewers and 'want him' pretty badly. They have also talked recently:
Source says there has been "much" recent talk between the Mets and Brewers.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) July 29, 2015
Apparently the Brewers like shortstop Wilmer Flores, and he could be a piece in a potential Gomez deal. He certainly wouldn't be a main piece of a trade, but Flores is just 23 and has some good pop in his bat, though he's hit just .244/.278/.367 over 197 major league games.
The Brewers have been looking to be 'blown away' in a deal for Gomez, so the Mets would have to be offering a pretty good amount in return if they are indeed close to trading for him. Gomez has been one of the best all-around players in baseball the past 2.5 years and is still under control through 2016, so he's an extremely valuable asset.
Gomez, of course, began his professional career before going to the Twins for Johan Santana, then to the Brewers for J.J. Hardy. If a trade does happen, it will be the second player this season the Brewers have sent back to their original team. Aramis Ramirez was traded back to the Pirates, who he began his career with, last week.
At this hour, Mets pushing very hard for Carlos Gomez, source says...— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 29, 2015
Source: If Mets trade for Carlos Gomez does come to fruition, Juan Lagares expected to go to the Brewers. Name has been prominent in talks.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2015