Mets player hears he's been traded, cries on field, learns he wasn't actually traded

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(NY MAG) -- The Major League Baseball trade deadline is tomorrow, and the Mets have been active over the past several days, acquiring Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, and Tyler Clippard. Last night at around 9 p.m., reports circulated on Twitter that they'd made another, even bigger move, trading Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee for centerfielder Carlos Gomez. These weren't rumors of a trade, either; the deal had reportedly been done.

Curiously, though, Flores stayed in the game, even though it's standard procedure for a player to be pulled from a game if he's being traded elsewhere. Word of the trade made its way into the Mets dugout, where Flores learned he'd be leaving the organization he'd been with since signing as a 16-year-old in 2007. Fans in the stands had heard the same reports and gave Flores a nice ovation when he batted in the seventh inning, and again when he took the field in the top of the eighth. Flores teared up in the field, believing his Mets career was about to end.

But then things got really weird: After the trade had been confirmed to reporters (including by a "a high-ranking team executive" who spoke to the Times), the deal fell apart. Via the Times, trades aren't considered official until teams can review any medical issues involving the players, and in this case, "questions were apparently raised that caused either the Mets or Brewers to ultimately back out of the deal." According to that report, it's unclear whether the Brewers pulled out because of concerns over Wheeler (who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this year), or whether the Mets pulled out because of concerns about Gomez.

Even stranger is that while word of the reported trade spread around the Mets dugout, manager Terry Collins says he didn't hear it and was confused as to why one of his players was weeping on the field.

"Someone came to me and said, 'Wilmer's crying,'" Collins told reporters, recounting a conversation that had taken place in the dugout during the game. "I said, 'Why?' Well, he got traded. To who? For what?"

Said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson: "Unfortunately social media, etc., got ahead of the facts, and it may have had an adverse effect on one of the players rumored to be involved."

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Mets player hears he's been traded, cries on field, learns he wasn't actually traded
ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 12: World Futures All-Star Wilmer Flores of the New York Mets looks on during the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 the in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 12: World Futures All-Star Wilmer Flores of the New York Mets fields during the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 02: Wilmer Flores #71 of the New York Mets poses for photos during MLB photo day on March 2, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 08: Wilmer Flores of Venezuela and the New York Mets during player introductions prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets look on after flying out to end the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on August 6, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores enters the dugout in the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets throws to first to tag out Justin Ruggiano #20 of the Miami Marlins as Ruben Tejada #11 of the Mets looks on during the sixth inning of game two of a doubleheader on September 14, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers' Tyler Collins, left, and New York Mets' Wilmer Flores play in an exhibition spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) leaps to avoid Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner (10) as he turns a double play during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 22, 2014, in New York. A.J. Ellis was out at first. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets scores on an RBI single by Daisuke Matsuzaka (not pictured) in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during game Two of a doubleheader at Citi Field on May 25, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets high fives teammates after scoring during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores trips while trying to throw out Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig at first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. Puig was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets reacts after tagging Gregorio Petit #3 of the Houston Astros at second on September 26, 2014 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) throws to first in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in New York, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Mets' Wilmer Flores (4) puts on his ball cap in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 22, 2015. The Pirates won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
New York Mets' Ruben Tejada (11) scores on a single by Wilmer Flores off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
New York Mets' Wilmer Flores (4) tosses his helmet after hitting an hits an RBI single during the tenth inning to win the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in New York. The Mets won 5-4. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets leads off third base in the sixth inning as Chris Johnson #23 of the Atlanta Braves defends at third base at Citi Field on June 13, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 02: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets waits to bat against the Chicago Cubs during their game at Citi Field on July 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 05: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Wilmer Flores, foreground, sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in New York, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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