Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Glad Flores No Brewer

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Glad Flores No Brewer

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NEW YORK -- As former winter ball teammates Wilmer Flores and Junior Guerra took advantage of a free night Saturday to catch up, Milwaukee's Guerra noted to Flores how it could have been a regular occurrence.

In a famous non-trade last season, the Mets agreed to ship Flores and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez, only for the Mets to back out of the deal due to medical concerns about Gomez.

"He said, 'You could be playing with us right now,'" Flores said. "I thought about it."

In a universe where Gomez's hip does not draw red flags, Flores would likely be a starting infielder for the Brewers, and Guerra even told Flores they would perhaps be roommates.

Instead, when Flores arrived to Miller Park for the four-game set that just concluded, he was the Mets' starting third baseman for the foreseeable future, and suddenly an important part of the offense.

Flores has thrived since taking over for the injured David Wright at third base, and enters tonight's series opener against the Pirates hitting .406 since becoming the starter. Flores had back-to- back three-hit games on the recent road trip, and had a game- winning hit last Wednesday against Pittsburgh.

"It's just confidence. There's not another word. Confidence, that's it," Flores said Sunday morning about his recent success. "Just knowing you are going to play and be out there, and when you relax and have confidence you do everything you are supposed to do because you're good."

The non-trade of Flores and Wheeler to the Brewers created one of the season's most memorable moments when Flores cried after hearing about the trade. The Mets passed on Gomez after reviewing his medical records, and it proved to be a good move as they instead acquired Yoenis Cespedes. The Astros later acquired Gomez and he has been a massive disappointment.

Flores is glad about how it all worked out, but acknowledged he's wondered at times about what would have happened if that trade had gone through. …

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