Mets and Reds getting closer on Zack Wheeler, Jay Bruce swap

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds are reviewing medical information toward a potential swap of right-hander Zack Wheeler for outfielder Jay Bruce. It is unclear if any other piece would be part of a potential deal.

The Mets pivoted to Bruce after halting a deal for Carlos Gomez. General manager Sandy Alderson has cited concerns over Gomez's medical information. Gomez was subsequently traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Houston Astros.

Bruce, 28, is hitting .257 with 17 homers and 59 RBIs in 350 at-bats.

He will earn $12.5 million for next season, with a team option at $13 million for 2017.

Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery in March. He expects to return in June or July 2016.

UPDATE: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mets-Reds talks are "losing momentum" and the Mets may be looking elsewhere for outfield help. The Reds are having "second thoughts" about the Mets' trade package, according to Crasnick.