Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with early-onset arthritis in both of his knees, and it will end his season, per Anthony DiComo.
In a season where the offense was non-existent for long stretches of the year, Flores has acted as a spark plug for this middling offense and has been one of the better hitters for the Mets. In 126 games, Flores hit for a line of .267/.319/.417, and hit for a .316 wOBA and 102 wRC+. Flores has earned a reputation of a clutch hitter in extra innings. The 27-year old Flores hit multiple walk-off hits this season, and broke the record of most walk-off hits by a Met with ten.
While Wilmer Flores has been a decent hitter for the Mets in his six seasons of play, Flores’s diagnosis puts his future with the club into question. The Mets can opt to non-tender Flores’s contract this offseason, and with the superb debut season of Jeff McNeil, Flores’s time with the Mets may be in jeopardy.
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