CBSSports MLB insider Jon Heyman has confirmed that the Brewers have agreed to trade outfielder Carlos Gomez to the Mets. It’s not yet certain what’s headed back Milwaukee’s way, but multiple reports say that right-hander Zack Wheeler and or infielder Wilmer Flores were being discussed.
The Mets indeed need help in the outfield and are also starved for right-handed power. The 29-year-old Gomez this season is batting .262/.328/.423 for the Brewers with eight homers and 20 doubles in 314 plate appearances. As for the near-term road ahead, the ZiPS projection system available at FanGraphs tabs Gomez for a line of .274/.335/.467 with seven homers and 10 steals in 52 games. Gomez is also a defensive asset in center.
Gomez is owed the balance of an $8-million salary for this season and under contract for 2016 at $9 million. He’s eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.
Gomez was originally a Mets product, as they signed him as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2002. In 2008, they sent Gomez to the Twins as part of the Johan Santana trade.
Carlos Gomez is headed back to Queens in time for the stretch drive. (USATSI)
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