Despite only a six-week stint in Arlington last season, Gomez made a big impact for the Texas Rangers. It didn’t take long for Gomez to decide he should and must stay in Arlington. He’s now ready to play a full season in a Rangers uniform.
Gomez, 31, re-signed with Texas last December, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $11.5 million. It was even reported that he was offered bigger deals from other teams, but he passed. When Gomez acknowledged his description of the Texas Rangers as “family” he made it clear he has no intention of playing elsewhere.
Before arriving in Arlington, Gomez’s 2016 season was being flushed down the toilet. As we know, he began last season in Houston, batting .210, blasting 5 homers, registering 62 hits and 29 RBIs, playing 85 games. Houston cut him loose on August 18.
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48 hours after being let go by the Astros, Texas brought him in, signing him to a minor league deal, assigning him to AAA Round Rock. Less than a week later, he was called up to the main roster, making his debut against the Cleveland Indians, blasting a homer in his first at-bat. Additionally, Texas won 9-0. Days later, he blasted a grand slam off Seattle Ace Felix Hernandez.
Texas took a big risk acquiring Gomez. Fortunately, it worked out quite in their favor. He played 33 games last season with Texas, batting .284 Going back to the fact that Gomez rejected big offers from other teams proves two things: Number one, money is the last thing on his mind, and number two, he intends to provide well for a team that gave him a chance when he was going through hard times.
There’s no doubt he’s the player Ranger fans are most excited to see this season. After making a very big impression in just 33 games, there’s much curiosity on what the two-time All-Star and 2013 Gold Glove winner can do in a full season.
Texas begins 2017 at home against Cleveland. Gomez can certainly inflict damage against the Tribe like he did last year in his Rangers debut.