Hours after explaining to reporters why the trade of Carlos Gomez to the New York Mets was nixed Wednesday night, Milwaukee General Manager Doug Melvin succeeded in trading the multitalented center fielder, sending him and righthander Mike Fiers to Houston for four top prospects.
The Brewers received outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, lefthander Josh Hader and righthander Adrian Houser.
The Brewers were disappointed when the Mets called off the Gomez trade over medical concerns about his right hip that Melvin and his staff did not consider a major issue. But they went right back to work by contacting Houston.
Melvin pressed hard to get Phillips, ranked the Astros' No. 2 prospect. To get him, Melvin had to include Fiers.
Gomez, who was placed on the market because of his looming free agency after the 2016 season, was extremely emotional when talking about the trade. He was an underachieving, frustrating player with untapped talent when he came to Milwaukee from the Twins for J.J. Hardy in 2009 but became a two-time All-Star and fan favorite.
"I've been six years in this organization," Gomez said. … "We are human. We have feelings. We are not robots. You feel emotional because there are a lot of good things I've been through in this organization."
Dodgers add a bunch
The Los Angeles Dodgers boosted their rotation and bullpen through a 13-player deal with Atlanta and Miami.
The Dodgers acquired Mat Latos and Alex Wood, two pitchers who can move right into the rotation. They also obtained relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, as well as first baseman Michael Morse.
• Cleveland dealt Brandon Moss to St. Louis, which was in the market for an outfielder after All-Star Matt Holliday reinjured his right quadriceps and returned to the disabled list. The Indians received pitcher Rob Kaminsky, a first-round pick in 2013.
• Cincinnati sent starter Mike Leake to San Francisco for a pair of prospects, bolstering the defending World Series champion Giants for another playoff run. Leake, 27, has won his past four starts.
• The Yankees put starter Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list because of a right flexor forearm muscle strain. New York also acquired utility player Dustin Ackley from Seattle.