The Mets were very active in the trade market this summer. They bolstered their lineup through the additions of Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Tyler Clippard, Yoenis Cespedes, and Eric O'Flaherty, and earlier today we reviewed their contributions to the Mets so far. Yet, there were other players, mostly outfielders, that they were linked to at various times leading up to the deadline, but for one reason or another deals for these players never materialized. Let's see what they have been up to since then.
On July 29, it was widely reported that the Mets were set to reunite with Carlos Gomez at the cost of Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores. Flores cried on the field when he learned of this, but luckily for him, the trade fell apart because the Mets reportedly had concerns about Gomez's hip—concerns that were disputed by the Brewers, Gomez, and Gomez's agent Scott Boras. Gomez was subsequently dealt to the Astros instead, and has hit just .192/.234/.260 with one home run and five steals. Whether Gomez's allegedly healthy hip has contributed to his slow start in Houston is open to debate.
After their failure to land Gomez, the Mets turned to the Reds and tried to acquire Jay Bruce. They reportedly came close to sending Zack Wheeler to Cincinnati in exchange for the outfielder, but again, the deal never materialized. Since then, Bruce has had a poor August, batting .135/.167/.257 with only one home run.
Gomez was not the only Brewers outfielder on the Mets' list, as they also expressed interest in Gerardo Parra. The Mets were reportedly one of four teams pursuing Parra as the deadline approached. Ultimately, Milwaukee sent him to the Orioles, where he has had good success in the past month. Over 19 games with Baltimore, he is batting .284/.326/.506 with five home runs.
Before acquiring Cespedes, the Mets also discussed a deal for Padres outfielder Justin Upton. However, the deal fell apart with the Mets balking at the Padres' demands for top prospects. Upton remained with the Padres and has excelled in the month of August, hitting .290/.430/.484, significantly better than his line for the rest of the season.
The Mets also kicked the tires on Padres outfielder Will Venable. Venable occupied the lower tier of players targeted by the Mets, but nonetheless they were interested in his reasonably effective left-handed bat. Venable remained with the Padres through the non-waiver deadline, but was just shipped to the Rangers four days ago. During August, Venable has hit .262/.295/.310, slightly worse than his numbers for the whole season.