future Mets outfielder Carlos Gomez has been traded, along with pitcher Mike Fiers, to the Houston Astros in exchange for prospects Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, Josh Hader, and Adrian Houser, as well as international bonus slot #76.
On the season, the 29-year-old Gomez is batting .262/.328/.423 with eight home runs and seven stolen bases in 74 games, numbers that are significantly worse than those he put up in his two previous seasons. Fiers, a 30-year-old right-handed pitcher, has a 3.89 ERA and 3.79 FIP over 118 innings. Of the prospects acquired by the Brewers, only Phillips appears on John Sickels's mid-season top 75 list, slotting in at #29.
Less than 24 hours ago, it appeared that Gomez was on his way to Flushing in a deal that would have sent Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores to Milwaukee. The deal fell through after medical reports were exchanged, with one report stating that the Mets were concerned about Gomez's hip, while another suggested that the Mets pulled out due to—you guessed it—financial concerns.
All in all, it was a peculiar 20-something hours that saw Flores openly crying on the field, Gomez taking goodbye-selfies with his teammates, and many questioning the role of social media in today's game.