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Mets infielder Wilmer Flores cries during game amid trade rumors

Mets GM blames spectacle on social media.


Josh Katzowitz

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With the Major League Baseball trade deadline fast approaching, it wasn’t necessarily surprising that New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores reportedly was dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers for Carlos Gomez. What was strange, though, was that even after a report emerged that Flores had been traded, he continued to play. For the Mets. And he was in tears about all of it.

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Though the Mets denied the trade postgame, there were a number of problems with this scenario—none of which involved Tom Hanks or A League of Their Own.

For example, what happens if Flores gets injured after the trade was completed? We know that Flores came to bat against San Diego Padres pitcher Kevin Quackenbush in the bottom of the seventh and grounded out. But what if Quackenbush had hit Flores in the ribs with the ball, or what if Flores had torn his hamstring running to first base?

Just what in the hell is going on here?

Which was why Flores was crying in the top of the eighth inning (as if he, I don’t know, had just been told about a trade). Unless…

The good news for Flores: For now at least, he’ll stay with the only major-league team he’s known. The bad news: That team is the Mets.

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