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Wilmer Flores wins arbitration case against Mets

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CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 07: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park on September 7, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Mets defeated the Reds 6-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Mets’ infielder Wilmer Flores won his arbitration hearing against the team on Saturday, reports FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Flores filed at $2.2 million, which was unsuccessfully countered with a $1.8 million offer from the Mets.

The 24-year-old is entering his fifth year with the Mets in 2017. Despite missing some time on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain and undergoing hamate bone surgery in his right wrist, Flores slashed a career-best .267/.319/.469 with 16 home runs through 335 PA in 2016.

Flores is the first Mets player to go to an arbitration hearing since 2008, when the team lost an arbitration case against left-hander Oliver Perez.

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