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Mets SS cries on field after learning of trade that didn't happen

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Mets SS cries on field after learning of trade that didn't happen

BY JEFF SLADE 

With the trade deadline looming, baseball has seen several blockbuster trades take place within the last several days, including drama, excitement, and on Wednesday night in New York, tears. 

The Mets have been trying to find a presence in the batting order to assist their hopes of taking down the Nationals in the NL East. 

They accomplished this task on Wednesday night, acquiring outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for shortstop Wilmer Flores and pitcher Zach Wheeler.  

Flores, finding out in the middle of the game against the Padres, was very emotional about leaving his current team. And he showed it… 

Usually, players are immediately pulled from the game when they’ve been traded. However, Flores remained playing at Citi Field, as apparently the deal hadn’t been finalized yet. 

You can’t help but feel sorry for the guy, receiving life-changing and apparently devastating news while in front of the entire world. 

On the other hand, former Brewer and newest Met Carlos Gomez had a very different reaction to the trade: 

It’s possible he’s just really excited to go to New York, as there’s absolutely no doubt Wilmer Flores is sad to leave it. 

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UPDATE: 11:00PM, 29 JULY 2015

After much speculation, it turns out there is a reason Flores didn't leave the game, as the Mets GM explained after:

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.