Tears to cheers: Flores hits dramatic walk-off blast

Two days after nearly being traded, crying on the field, Mets infielder the hero

Tears to cheers: Flores hits dramatic walk-off blast

NEW YORK -- Every emotion a human being is capable of feeling, teammate Michael Cuddyer said, Wilmer Flores must have felt. It was all so plain to see: There was Flores on Wednesday night, baring his soul before thousands in attendance and the millions watching at home, tears streaming down his face because he thought he had been traded. There was Flores, undoubtedly flashing back to the day he signed at 16 years old, his eyes turning to a dugout full of teammates and friends.

Forty-eight hours later, there was Flores sweating out the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- "He had to wonder if it was his last day in the clubhouse," manager Terry Collins said -- and taking the field. His field, Citi Field. Then there was Flores hitting a walk-off home run in the 12th inning of the Mets' 2-1 win over the Nationals, somehow outshining their season-changing acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes.

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Mets land a slugger in Cespedes from Tigers

New York gets needed bat for pitching prospects Fulmer, Cessa

Mets land a slugger in Cespedes from Tigers

NEW YORK -- Two days after their first attempt to acquire an impact outfielder evaporated, the Mets beat Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline by a matter of minutes in a deal with the Tigers for Yoenis Cespedes.

Detroit received Minor League pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa in the trade, which puts Cespedes in the Mets' employ for the next two months. In his first year with the Tigers after a trade from the Red Sox last December, Cespedes is hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs in 102 games. He will be a free agent after the season, and due to the unique nature of his contract, cannot be extended a qualifying offer.

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High drama: Flores' walk-off HR downs Nats

High drama: Flores' walk-off HR downs Nats

NEW YORK -- Two days after Wilmer Flores became a national sensation for his bare emotion, openly weeping on the infield dirt because he thought he had been traded, Flores' walk-off homer lifted the Mets to a 2-1, 12-inning win over the Nationals on Friday night.

A spirited Citi Field crowd of 36,164 gave Flores standing ovations for his defensive work in the first inning and his RBI single in the fourth, then serenaded him as he rounded the bases in the 12th. The win moved the Mets within two games of the first-place Nationals in the National League East.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cespedes to make Mets debut behind deGrom

Cespedes to make Mets debut behind deGrom

When Yoenis Cespedes arrives at Citi Field on Saturday as the newest member of the New York Mets, he will represent the club's most significant non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition in more than a decade and find himself in the middle of a pennant race.

In fact, Cespedes' first days in New York coincide with the most important games of that pennant race to date, as the Mets and Washington Nationals continue to fight for the National League East with the second game of this weekend series.

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Harvey gaining steam with improved command

Mets righty takes shutout into eighth, has walked just one in last two starts

Harvey gaining steam with improved command

NEW YORK -- The Mets lined up their rotation after the All-Star break to make sure that their top three starters -- including Matt Harvey, who has said he relishes taking the mound in big games -- would get the opportunity to pitch in two crucial series against the Nationals, the team they are chasing in the National League East.

In front of a raucous crowd of 36,164 fans Friday night at Citi Field, Harvey delivered one of his best performances of the year. He was locked in from the start, stifling Washington's offense for 7 2/3 innings before Wilmer Flores' walk-off home run in the 12th gave New York a 2-1 victory.

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Cespedes has already hit plenty of Citi Field HRs

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Cespedes has already hit plenty of Citi Field HRs

In 2013, Yoenis Cespedes arrived at Citi Field for the first time for the Home Run Derby. Not frightened by Citi Field's large outfield, not distracted by the delicious smells of Shake Shack and not even thrown off his game by the ghost-like apparition of Shea Stadium that appeared beyond the outfield fence, Cespedes blasted 17 home runs in the first round to go with 32 in total to walk away with the belt and title.

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Flores hits walk-off HR, is new King of Queens

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Flores hits walk-off HR, is new King of Queens

Move over Kevin James because Wilmer Flores is the King of Queens right now. 

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Barry M. Bloom

Mets hit it big by landing Cespedes

Mets hit it big by landing Cespedes

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes was the highest impact offensive player left on the market, and three minutes prior to the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline on Friday, the Mets acquired him from the Tigers.

With that, the Mets redeemed a week they'd rather forget and made their offense 100 percent better.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wright won't rush, but has return date in mind

Cuddyer hopeful of coming off disabled list next week

Wright won't rush, but has return date in mind

NEW YORK -- The list of everyday Mets on the disabled list has been trimmed to two, and both players are optimistic about their returns. While Michael Cuddyer hopes he can return to the field next weekend in St. Petersburg, David Wright isn't willing to share his planned return date.

Wright has a day "circled on his calendar," but he's not ready to share it yet. The Mets third baseman has spent the past few days back in New York, working out and sitting in the dugout with his teammates during games, but he won't submit to the temptation to rush back.

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Wheeler tells GM he wants to stay with Mets

Wheeler tells GM he wants to stay with Mets

NEW YORK -- The flow of non-waiver Trade Deadline talks -- more than half a dozen Mets executives crammed into a room -- was briefly interrupted Friday afternoon by the familiar ring of a phone. But this was no ordinary call from a general manager or reporter. This was from pitcher Zack Wheeler, whose name had popped into multiple talks over the past week -- including the Mets' ill-fated deal for then-Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Wheeler told Mets general manager Sandy Alderson that he knew there was a chance he would be traded over the ensuing hours. But all things being equal, Wheeler impressed upon his boss, he'd like to stick around.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wild finish sums up crazy week for Mets

After club built six-run lead, Familia surrendered go-ahead homer between rain delays

Wild finish sums up crazy week for Mets

NEW YORK -- Last Thursday, the Mets called up outfield prospect Michael Conforto from Double-A Binghamton, a busy news day in a hectic season for New York. They followed that move on Friday with a trade for Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. Johnson hit a home run on Saturday en route to a 15-run explosion. Uribe sent a walk-off single to the deepest reaches of center field on Sunday after the Mets spent their morning ridding the clubhouse weight room of a stray raccoon.

That was merely the beginning. On Monday, they traded for reliever Tyler Clippard, which proved significant on Tuesday, when Major League Baseball suspended Jenrry Mejia 162 games for a positive performance-enhancing drug test. On Wednesday, New York completed a trade for Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, only to back out after Wilmer Flores learned he was in the deal, weeping on the field as he absorbed the information.

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Grandy does it all, but Mets fall on late homer

Grandy does it all, but Mets fall on late homer

NEW YORK -- Carlos Gomez or no, the Mets were two strikes away from a series win over the Padres on Thursday afternoon heading into this weekend's showdown with the first-place Nationals.

Then Justin Upton squeezed a go-ahead three-run homer into the seven-minute span between ninth-inning rain delays, leading the Padres to an 8-7 victory. Jeurys Familia blew his third save in three attempts for New York since the All-Star break, after going 27-for-29 in the first half.

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Familia blows third straight save as 'pen falters

Familia blows third straight save as 'pen falters

NEW YORK -- As Jeurys Familia stepped on the mound in the ninth inning on Thursday, a flash of lightning ripped through the sky above Citi Field. Many fans retreated to the concourses to avoid the rain and watch Familia try to finish off another save.

Familia has been one of the most dominant closers in the National League this season, and he looked the part right away, dispatching two batters with three pitches. Then the rain turned to a deluge and a subsequent 44-minute delay wrecked what looked destined to be a Mets win.

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Leathersich undergoes Tommy John surgery

Leathersich undergoes Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK -- Another Mets pitcher expected to help the 2015 team will spend the rest of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich underwent the procedure Thursday in Manhattan, joining Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin as members of the Mets' 40-man roster to have Tommy John surgery this year. He should miss most of next season, in addition to this one.

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Wheeler's health not trade's breaking point

Recovering righty may still be dealt as Mets seek hitting upgrades

Wheeler's health not trade's breaking point

NEW YORK -- Like everyone else, Zack Wheeler was watching Wednesday's game between the Mets and Padres when he first heard word leak that he had been traded to the Brewers. Wheeler called his agent, who confirmed that a deal was in place pending medical reviews.

"I've been through it before," Wheeler said Thursday in a telephone interview, referencing the July 2011 trade that initially sent him from the Giants to the Mets. "It's not the most fun thing, I guess you could say. A lot of stuff runs through your mind."

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Mets won't rush d'Arnaud into full-time role

Organization will evaluate Plawecki's situation as starting catcher returns from DL

Mets won't rush d'Arnaud into full-time role

NEW YORK -- The Mets expect to activate Travis d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list Friday, but they plan to be more careful with the catcher this time.

d'Arnaud has been on the disabled list since June 20 with a sprained right elbow. He completed a five-game rehab stint with Double-A Binghamton this week, and he took an off-day Thursday to rest up for his return.

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Right arm soreness keeps Montero sidelined

Recovering Mets pitcher hasn't appeared in rehab game since July 20

Right arm soreness keeps Montero sidelined

NEW YORK -- Another setback in a lengthy string of them has pitcher Rafael Montero running out of time to make an impact this season. Montero visited a doctor Thursday as the Mets fell, 8-7, to the Padres, after experiencing continued soreness in the right arm that has kept him sidelined for most of this year. He was cleared to resume throwing within the next few days, but he remains well behind schedule of what New York initially hoped.

Montero first began feeling soreness in his right shoulder following his lone start of the season on April 28 in Miami. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no structural damage. New York diagnosed him at the time with right rotator cuff inflammation.

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Colon falters early, Mets can't recover

Colon falters early, Mets can't recover

NEW YORK -- The Padres got to Mets starter Bartolo Colon early, putting up six runs in the first three innings and chasing him after just 2 1/3 innings. That would prove to be more than enough, as Tyson Ross and the San Diego bullpen cruised the rest of the way to a 7-3 win.

The Padres' early runs came in pairs. A Matt Kemp single and Justin Upton's sacrifice fly scored two in the first inning, singles from Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte plated two in the second and home runs from Upton and Yonder Alonso sent home two in the third. Upton added an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth inning. Lucas Duda was responsible for the Mets' offense with a trio of solo home runs.

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Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

Concern over outfielder's hip cited in breakdown of trade

Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

NEW YORK -- Just before an airplane full of Brewers lifted off from San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday, Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was told that he had been traded to the Mets. Within hours the deal had shattered, and the night descended into a swirl of speculation.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that -- pending medical approval -- would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that "there is no trade."

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Flores endures emotional evening

Flores endures emotional evening

NEW YORK -- His eyes still red and watery after the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres on Tuesday, infielder Wilmer Flores stood, stunned, in a clubhouse that remains his home.

Flores learned during the game that a deal was in place to send him and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers in exchange for Carlos Gomez, only to find out afterward that there was no trade. A source confirmed that the Mets nixed the deal due to medical concern over Gomez's right hip -- leaving Flores in a wildly emotional state both during and after the game.

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Duda smashing his way out of slump

Duda smashing his way out of slump

NEW YORK -- Now more than ever, the Mets need stability. They crave consistency, as trade rumors leave players in tears and the offense goes through dry stretches.

On Wednesday night, Lucas Duda provided that stability. He hit three home runs in the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres, furthering his progression out of a two-month slump.

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Manfred talks PED tests after Mejia penalty

Manfred talks PED tests after Mejia penalty

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, one day after Major League Baseball issued Jenrry Mejia a 162-game suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing substances, Commissioner Rob Manfred painted the picture of a testing program that is effective yet constantly looking to improve.

"I think our game is cleaner than it's ever been," Manfred said after a previously scheduled visit with Mets' front-office employees at Citi Field. "I think our testing program is as good as it can possibly be given the available science. And I also am experienced enough in this area to know that nothing you do is perfect, and you have to be vigilant all the time to make sure your program is evolving and is as effective as possible."

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Syndergaard seeks perfection, gets shutout

Mets rookie sensation sets down first 18 batters, strikes out nine

Syndergaard seeks perfection, gets shutout

NEW YORK -- Terry Collins started thinking about perfection after four innings. His anxiety grew as Noah Syndergaard worked through a perfect fifth inning, and became a full-blown worry of the best kind when he did it again in the sixth.

Here was Syndergaard, the type of precious arm the Mets have sworn all season to conserve, threatening to force a decision -- let him blow through his planned 110-pitch limit in search of perfection, or make the unpopular decision to pull him while still in sight of it?

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Aided by HRs, Syndergaard dominates Padres

Aided by HRs, Syndergaard dominates Padres

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday at Citi Field, continuing his emergence as one of the game's brightest young pitchers in a 4-0 win over the Padres. Combined with a Nationals loss, the win moved the Mets within a game of first place for the first time since June 20.

Dominant from the start, Syndergaard struck out six of the first 13 batters he faced, keeping the basepaths clean until Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte led off the seventh with consecutive singles. The rookie improved to 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA in seven starts at Citi Field, beating a Padres team that handed him his worst loss of the season earlier this year in San Diego.

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Mejia suspended 162 games for positive test

Mets reliever missed 80 games earlier this season because of PEDs

Mejia suspended 162 games for positive test

NEW YORK -- In a "shock" that could spell the end of his Mets career, relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 162 games for a second positive performance-enhancing drug test, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday prior to New York's 4-0 victory over San Diego. His suspension is effective immediately.

Mejia, 25, had not allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings this season, almost exclusively in a setup role. He returned July 7 after missing 80 games for his first positive PED test.

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Barry M. Bloom

Wright won't rush return to Mets until he's ready

Wright won't rush return to Mets until he's ready

NEW YORK -- Third baseman David Wright took grounders on a Major League field before the Mets' 4-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday for the first since he was placed on the disabled list with spinal stenosis on April 15. The 32-year-old also took batting practice in the cage and ran.

The hope is Wright can begin a Minor League rehab shortly, but a timetable for that is still not in place.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New acquisition Clippard: Nats are 'beatable'

Former Washington reliever debuts with scoreless ninth for New York

New acquisition Clippard: Nats are 'beatable'

NEW YORK -- Upon arriving at Citi Field on Tuesday before the Mets' 4-0 victory over the Padres, reliever Tyler Clippard sat down with manager Terry Collins to discuss his role with the team.

Even though Clippard had spent the first half of 2015 as a closer in Oakland, Collins told him he would handle the eighth inning as the Mets' primary setup men, a role with which Clippard is familiar and ready to take on. He made his Mets debut in the ninth inning on Tuesday, needing just 12 pitches to complete a scoreless frame and seal the victory for starter Noah Syndergaard.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets promote prospect Nimmo to Triple-A

2011 first-round Draft pick hit .279 over 68 games for Double-A Binghamton

Mets promote prospect Nimmo to Triple-A

NEW YORK -- The Mets on Tuesday promoted outfielder Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas, pushing one of general manager Sandy Alderson's flagship Draft picks to the cusp of the big leagues.

The organization's first-round pick in 2011, Nimmo is now 22 years old -- three weeks younger than last year's top pick Michael Conforto, who is already in the big leagues. When drafted, Nimmo was an 18-year-old with almost no experience against high-level competition.

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