Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers Traded to Houston Astros

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

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The Milwaukee Brewers traded outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers to the Houston Astros for outfielder Brett Phillips, LHP Josh Hader, outfielder Domingo Santana and RHP Adrian Houser, the Brewers announced.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports initially reported the trade details.

The New York Mets previously agreed to a trade with the Brewers for Gomez, prior to the deal falling apart due to medical concerns.

"The trade has not and will not happen," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said of the potential deal, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "There is no trade," he added, via Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post previously reported the Brewers traded outfielder Gomez and Andy Martino of the New York Daily News added pitcher Zack Wheeler and shortstop Wilmer Flores would be headed to Milwaukee.  

Brewers GM Doug Melvin confirmed the deal was done contingent on medicals, which ended up preventing the trade from happening, via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Haudricourt also revealed Wheeler's medical evaluation was the one that caused the deal to fall apart, and Rosenthal speculated the Brewers were uncomfortable with the status of Wheeler, who is coming off Tommy John surgery.

Rosenthal reported the Mets backed out due to Gomez's hip issues. Agent Scott Boras spoke about the concerns revolving around Gomez's health, via Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Carlos Gomez is fine and playing every day. We do a rigorous job of seeing if 2d opinions are needed and Carlos has gone for none.

There is nothing at issue with Carlos Gomez's health. He is playing every day. That is the proof of his health. He is fine.

On July 27, Rosenthal highlighted the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros as the chief pursuers of Gomez, prior to the Astros closing the deal.

The two-time All-Star is markedly off the pace he set over the last two seasons, when he emerged as one of baseball's best all-around hitters. The 29-year-old posted 47 home runs and 74 steals in 2013 and 2014 combined. This season, he's on pace to fall well short of 20 in both categories.

A hamstring injury in April and an ongoing hip problem have been the root causes of Gomez's issues, limiting his mobility on the basepaths and the power of his swing. If his current pace continues, Gomez may finish with a WAR under three for the first time since 2011.

"I don't ask. Because if I ask, then I have it in my mind," Gomez said of the trade rumors in early July, per Todd Rosiak of the Journal Sentinel. "It's not my problem. The only thing I have to care about is today, and I'm part of the Milwaukee Brewers. It's nothing I can control. If the Brewers want to trade me, they're going to do it. Even if I cry and say, 'Don't do it.' It's not something that I can control."

Despite his struggles this season, it's easy to see why Gomez drew so much interest from teams. He should slowly round back into form as his hip injury has more time to clear up, and he has an extra year of team control in 2016. 

At an almost nonexistent salary for someone of his caliber ($9 million in 2016), Gomez is a steal—even if he's not quite playing at an All-Star level.

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