After parts of six MLB seasons with the Mets and more than a decade in the organization, life is different for fan favorite Wilmer Flores out in Arizona.
"I'm getting a bigger house for what I was paying," Flores told Newsday with a laugh. "A much bigger house."
Most people who've left New York can probably relate.
But when it comes to being on a new team, Flores has embraced being a Diamondback but still has strong feelings about his former club and the guys he played with.
"Mostly I miss my teammates," said Flores, who signed with the Mets out of Venezuela in 2007 on his 16th birthday. "I think that's what gets you the most when you go to a different place."
Flores said he was looking forward to playing against the Mets, who non-tendered him before he signed a one-year, $4.25 million deal with Arizona. But he's currently on the injured list with a fracture in his right foot.
No matter where he goes, Flores will forever be remembered for the emotion he showed two days before the 2015 trade deadline, crying during a game when he thought he was going to get traded -- a deal which fell apart.
He became a folk hero, but Flores says he was "expecting" a change with a new general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, coming in. Now he's trying to make the most of his new opportunity.
"It's been great. I love this city, I love the team," Flores said. "This is a really good group of guys. I love the manager (Torey Lovullo.) I couldn't be in a better place."