Gomez is making $9 million in 2016, the final year of his current contract. The Cardinals have a need in the outfield after Matt Holliday suffered a broken thumb on a hit-by-pitch Thursday. But fending off the Mets, who had an agreed-upon deal for Gomez fall apart at last year’s trade deadline, could prove to be no easy task.
Gomez was hitting a miserable .210 on the season with no power whatsoever. He was also playing poor defense, as seen here, which you have to think may have been the last straw for Houston. He was offering the Astros pretty much nothing. Combined with the fact that Houston isn’t short on talented young players, he was simply wasting a roster spot.
Think back last year, though, when this fiasco went down. What could have been had things gone a bit differently? The Mets probably don’t have a National League pennant, for one thing.
Carlos Gomez made two costly mistakes during the Houston Astros’ 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Monday night that essentially lost his team the game. Pitcher Collin McHugh’s reaction pretty much explained it all.
Gomez lost a fly ball from Jorge Polanco in the lights and let it fall for a triple to give the Twins a 2-0 lead in the fifth.
This came after Gomez had already misplayed a single by Jorge Polanco into a two-base error the batter before to make it 1-0. Again, the Twins won 3-1, so those two runs they got thanks to Gomez’s mistakes pretty much determined the game.
“The first one was hit really hard and I missed (it) in my glove, and the second one, I (didn’t) know where the ball was,” Gomez said after the game. “We lost the game because of that. I feel worse than anyone in this clubhouse.”
In addition to his defensive problems, Gomez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout at the plate and is now batting just .210. Ouch.
Carlos Gomez is unhappy with a Houston-based reporter who recently published a story that makes the Astros outfielder look bad in more ways than one.
Earlier this week, Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle put out a feature about how much Gomez has struggled since the Astros acquired him at the trade deadline last summer. While harsh, the assessment of Gomez’s play is accurate. However, one particular quote Smith printed from Gomez seemed uncalled for.
“For the last year and this year, I not really do much for this team. The fans be angry. They be disappointed,” said Gomez as he roamed center field against the team with which he spent 2008-09.
English is Gomez’s second language. When that is the case, reporters almost always clean up the quotes so a player’s accent is not reflected. Here’s how Smith could have printed the quote without changing any of its context:
“For the last year and this year, I did not really do much for this team. The fans are angry. They are disappointed.”
It seems like it would have been common courtesy to clean up the quote, but Smith chose to double-down by printing it in the article and highlighting it in his tweet:
We may never know what exactly caused the Carlos Gomez trade to fall apart Wednesday night, but we can at least throw another theory out there. Some reports are saying that the Mets backed out because of money.
To recap the situation, reporters said Wednesday that the Mets had acquired Gomez from the Brewers for Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler. The trade later fell through, and Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team would not be acquiring Gomez. Some reports said the Mets had concern over Gomez’s hip and backed out because of medicals. Other reports say the Mets wanted the Brewers to pay part of Gomez’s salary and backed out when Milwaukee said no.
From Ken Rosenthal:
#Mets also asked #Brewers about getting comp pick and/or cash in deal. MIL said no. Deal was agreed to, pending medicals. #Mets backed out.
Though the two sides ultimately agreed to a deal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt says the Mets called off the deal. Haudricourt intimates that the Mets used the medicals as an escape because they had financial concerns over the trade.
The source said the Brewers then were asked to put some money in the trade to cover part of what’s remaining on Gomez’s contract, including a $9 million salary next year. Considering the talent level of Gomez and his reasonable contract, the Brewers understandably declined to put any cash into the deal.
It was only then, according to the source, that the Mets came back and said they were calling off the deal because of concerns over Gomez’s medical records, which was their right all along. Any team can call off a deal over medical concerns before it becomes official.
Keep in mind that all sides have their reasons for trying to blame others for the failure of the trade. The Brewers want Gomez to appear healthy so that they can trade him for a return; Gomez’s agent Scott Boras doesn’t want anyone thinking his client is damaged goods for when free agency comes around after next season; and the Mets don’t want anyone thinking they are cheap.
Reports said that the New York Mets had acquired Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, but the team later said that was not the case, completing a bizarre and emotional evening for fans and players alike.
Late on Wednesday, reports first started to leak out saying the Mets had acquired Gomez in exchange for Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores. News circulating about the trade led Mets fans to celebrate that they were re-acquiring a player they had traded years ago. It also left Flores emotional as he was crying while on the field during a game, thinking he had been traded. Many wondered why the team left him in the game if he had been traded. Ken Rosenthal explained why:
Asked official involved with Gomez trade why Flores is still in game. Reply: “No deal is done. The entire world has jumped the gun.”
About an hour later, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told the media that there was no trade
“There is no trade. Unfortunately social media etc. got ahead of the facts, and it may have had an adverse effect on one of the players rumored to be involved. It was an unfortunate situation. It was something we’ve addressed personally with the player involved,” Alderson said.
The Mets took a lot of heat for the way things transpired, but can you really say they did anything wrong? The most logical explanation for the deal not being completed as reported is because there was an issue with a player’s medicals. Some speculated that the Brewers did not like what they saw with Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery this year. Reports later said the Mets were the ones who balked and it was because of a concern over Gomez’s hip.
Sources: #Mets backed out of trade due to concern over hip issue with #Brewers’ Gomez.
We often take it for granted that players will pass their physicals or have their medical charts approved, but that does not always happen. Back in 2009, Tyson Chandler was sent back to the Hornets because he failed his physical with the Oklahoma City Thunder; this sort of thing happens from time to time.
During Saturday’s game between the Brewers and Reds, Cincinnati’s speedster Billy Hamilton apparently lost his supply of bubble gum while in center field. Fortunately, his Milwaukee counter part provided ample replacements.
The note accompanying the pieces of of gum read, “I see you dropped all your gum so I brought you some more.” As an added touch, there is the inclusion of a smiley face.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez was drilled in the helmet by a 97 mph fastball from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard on Sunday. Immediately after the game, Gomez encouraged Syndergaard to shake it off.
Gomez, who was fortunate to only end up with only a bruise on the side of his face, reached out to Syndergaard after the 22-year-old tweeted that he hopes Gomez is OK.
@Noahsyndergaard Thx for the concern bro, it's part of the game. Thank God I'm ok. Keep up the good work, ur going to be a great pitcher!
Carlos Gomez was hit in the head by a 97 mph fastball from Noah Syndergaard Sunday and left the game, but he does not appear to be seriously hurt.
Gomez was hit on an 0-1 count and was replaced by a pinch runner. The good news is Gomez was able to talk with the media after the game and did not seem to show any signs of a concussion. All he had was a bruise on the side of his face in the shape of a batting helmet:
During the offseason, Major League Baseball instituted new rules in an attempt to speed up the game of baseball which did not go over well with Mat Latos. In the first inning of Wednesday’s game between the Brewers and Rockies, there was a temporary stoppage of play during the bottom of the first inning.
Two pitches into Carlos Gomez’s at-bat, fireworks went off over the outfield causing Gomez to step out of the batter’s box and home plate umpire CB Bucknor to call time. Nothing like an unexpected pyrotechnic display when you’re focused on the pitcher.
After the distraction, Gomez drew a walk, which was much less eventful than the fireworks themselves. However, they did provide a laugh before play resumed.