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How Mets-Brewers trade fell through

One moment it seemed Wilmer Flores was on his way out of New York in a deal for Carlos Gomez -- until the trade sending him to Milwaukee suddenly collapsed. Jim Bowden makes sense of a wild night at Citi Field and beyond.

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Olney on Mets' collapsed Car-Go deal

ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney shares his takes on the fallout of a collapsed deal to acquire Carlos Gomez by the Mets. Plus, the Rangers' acquisition of Cole Hamels and the Nationals' acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon.

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Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

If the Blue Jays actually get David Price then Alex Anthopoulus will edge out Dayton Moore for best acquisitions by a contender at deadline

Kurkjian: David Price will be traded

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on SportsCenter: "I would be shocked if he isn't moved before 4 p.m. ET tomorrow. Right now, it seems like it could be Toronto. ... [The Blue Jays] have not been to the playoffs since 1993. They got people excited last year and again this year." But Kurkjian said that the Astros, Dodgers and Yankees all remain in the hunt.

The deal that was, then wasn't

Around 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Mets SS Wilmer Flores and RHP Zack Wheeler were reportedly on their way to Milwaukee in exchange for OF Carlos Gomez. But by 11 p.m. ET, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the trade "has not and will not transpire." Wait, what?

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Despite Holliday's injury, ESPN's Keith Law questions the Brandon Moss trade: "I can't get over the Cards giving up [Rob] Kaminsky, a former first-round pick who has performed very well throughout his pro career." 'Utterly baffling' (Insider)

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Marlins cause a stink

The Nationals got a surprise when they hit the field at Marlins Park for batting practice and their soundtrack was replaced by fart noises. Really. Is this a case of whoever smelt it dealt it?

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The details of the Hamels' trade underscores: PHI had far less leverage than expected, and were greatly boxed in by his no-trade provision.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Hard to tell where truth lies, but if that source has ties to Brewers or Gomez & agent, there's serious incentive to minimize any hip issue.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Not saying it's inaccurate, but it's easy to construct a believable narrative that Mets' finances played role.

Andrew Marchand @AndrewMarchand

It is in best interest of Brewers/Boras for it to be about $ than hips, but there are specific details that make you believe $ was a factor

Terry Collins: I didn't know about trade

Said the Mets manager: "Somebody came to me and said Wilmer's crying. I said, 'Why?' 'Well he got traded.' 'To who? For what?' ... There was nothing I knew about it."

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

As NYM pick up the pieces after the Gomez proposal, focus remains on players who can help them in 2016 as well as 2015, given asking prices.

Kurkjian: Awkward situation all around

Tim Kurkjian to SportsCenter: "As awkward and bizarre as this was, you cannot fault the Mets for this. ... What do you do with Wilmer Flores? You had him traded last night, now he's still on your team. ... It's really, really tricky."

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Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Exec whose team has been talking to the #Padres: “It wouldn’t surprise me to see them make four deals in 24 hours.” Is that all?

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Lucas Duda: 2nd Mets player this month to have 3-HR game at home (Kirk Nieuwenhuis) No player did that in 1st 53 seasons in Mets history

Kurkjian: Dodgers will go after Price

Tim Kurkjian explains why the Dodgers, short on starting pitching, will look to deal: "David Price is a guy that would give them a rotation that certainly would get them into the playoffs."

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Flores emotional in Mets loss

A visibly upset Wilmer Flores -- and fans -- reacted to reports that the shortstop had been traded to the Brewers. But the transaction never transpired, and Flores will remain in New York.

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