Free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez is hoping to turn a strong two month stint with the Rangers into a long-term deal, according to FanRagSports’ Jon Heyman.
Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels said the club is open to resigning Gomez after the 10-year veteran finished the season strong in August and September after being released by the Astros. The Rangers are also interested in keeping free agent center fielder Ian Desmond, who was extended the $17.2 million qualifying offer. Gomez is ineligible for the qualifying offer since he joined the Rangers in-season.
90 point improvement in Carlos Gomez’s on-base percentage after he went from the Astros to the Rangers in 2016.
Gomez, who turns 31 on Dec. 4, was a two-time All-Star with the Brewers but struggled in Houston after being traded to the Astros in 2015. He was released early in August and signed to a minor league deal by the Rangers.
The Rangers are unlikely to have the finances to afford both Desmond and Gomez. Gomez is likely to be the cheaper option. But are the Rangers confident that Gomez can replicate (for an entire season) what he did for two months in 2016? His track record would suggest he’s more than capable, especially if he’s surrounded by elder statesmen such as Adrian Beltre in the Rangers’ clubhouse. Gomez credited Rangers’ veterans, including Carlos Beltran, for helping him regain his confidence at the plate. Gomez has the speed and Gold Glove defensive pedigree that club’s cherish. If Desmond were to accept the qualifying offer the Rangers’ need to resign Gomez goes down dramatically.
Tale of two seasons
The contrast in Gomez’s numbers between the two clubs in 2016 was stark. Here’s a look.