Outfielder Carlos Gomez and the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement for Gomez to return. The deal is one-year, $11.5 million.
Gomez, 31, began last season in Houston. After batting .210 and blasting five homers in 85 games, the Astros released him. Two days later, the Texas Rangers picked him up and assigned him to their AAA affiliate, the Round Rock Express.
Five days later, he made his debut for the Rangers against the Cleveland Indians. He played 33 games in a Rangers uniform, batting .284, blasting eight homers, and registering 33 hits and 24 RBIs.
According Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Gomez’ agent acknowledged that Gomez was offered multi-year deals from other teams, but Gomez turned them down. Shortly after the Rangers’ early exit from the playoffs, Gomez stated that he had no desire of playing elsewhere and he described the Rangers organization as a “family” to him.
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On Wednesday, Ian Desmond signed with the Colorado Rockies, so the Rangers really needed to make a move on Gomez.
By accepting a one-year deal, Gomez is taking the opportunity to prove himself. In other words, the two-time All-Star wants to earn a multi-year contract.
Now that Gomez has been re-signed, the Rangers need to focus their attention on a first baseman.
Earlier this week, Mitch Moreland signed with the Boston Red Sox, thus leaving the Rangers without their starting first baseman. There’s reports that Texas has an interest in Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion.
As great as it would be to have Trumbo and/or Encarnacion, the Rangers would be okay without them. Trumbo would be very expensive and Encarnacion is aging.
The Rangers are better off using some young talents. They’re better off using players with futures rather than pasts.