This one might be a tearjerker for Mets fans.
The Mets announced they non-tendered INF Wilmer Flores' contract ahead of the 8 p.m. deadline on Friday. Flores was arbitration-eligible this season before becoming a free agent in 2020.
A swiss-army knife in the infield and powerful hitter against left-handers, Flores will likely find another home in the MLB. However, he has always been a fan-favorite, especially after the 2015 trade fiasco.
How could we forget Flores teary-eyed at shortstop after learning second-hand that he was going to be traded to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez. At the time, Flores said he was emotional because the Mets was the only organization he pictured himself with. And as fate would have it, the deal fell through and Flores remained a Met.
Flores has been in the Mets organization since he was 16, signing out of Venezuela back in 2007 for $750,000. He has spent six years with the ballclub to the tune of a .262/.303/.424 line with 68 homers and 253 RBI over 581 games.
Travis d'Arnaud, on the other hand, will remain a Met as they plan to tender his contract, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The 29-year-old is projected to receive $3.7 million in 2019 -- up from $3.475 million he received last season.
D'Arnaud missed almost all of the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow.
SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that d'Arnaud's future was still up in the air as the Mets continue to consider adding a catcher via free agency or trade.
They have actively been in talks with the Indians about catcher Yan Gomes.