Flores was non-tendered by the Mets on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The 27-year-old super-utility infielder had a rocky tenure with the Mets, falling in and out of favor with the field staff, and once being a part of a trade to the Brewers that later got nixed. He hit .267/.319/.417 with 11 home runs in 429 plate appearances in 2018 and has a career .265/.309/.471 slash line against southpaws. The arbitration process was likely going to overvalue Flores, so this move makes sense from that standpoint. He should be scooped up on a major-league contract by a team lacking infield depth.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Flores (knee) is fully healthy, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Flores was shut down in mid-September with early onset arthritis in his knees, but he's apparently back to full health heading into winter. At this point, it's unclear if the Mets will tender the utility man a contract after he hit .267/.319/.417 with 11 homers in 126 games in 2018.
Flores has been diagnosed with early-onset arthritis in both knees and has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. It turns out the knee issues that have plagued Flores recently will end his season prematurely. Manager Mickey Callaway added that he isn't sure what the diagnoses means for the 27-year-old's future. Flores will finish the season with a .267/.319/.417 line, 11 homers and 52 RBI through 126 games.
Flores was sent back to New York to get both knees examined after experiencing bilateral knee pain in recent days, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Flores hasn't started a game since Sept. 13 which is likely a result of the lingering pain in both of his knees. After the Mets finish up their series in Philadelphia on Thursday, they will begin a three-game set versus the Nationals in Washington, so it's unlikely that Flores returns to action this weekend. There's a good chance the club will elect to shut him down for the rest of the season prior to its final homestand starting Tuesday, but more should be known following the results of his tests.
Flores is out of the lineup versus the Cubs on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Flores will remain on the bench for the third time in the past four games as Jay Bruce gets another start at first base. Over the past six games, Flores is just 2-for-16 with one RBI.