Texas Rangers: 3 Players That Deserve Contract Extensions
By Andrew Webb
Outfielder Carlos Gomez could take a similar route of Ian Desmond in 2017. Taking a one-year deal in the off-season, and rebuilding his stock for a chance at a big pay-day. That certainly paid off for Desmond as he scored a five-year $70 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.
Instead of letting Gomez walk the Rangers should consider giving him an extension. The 31-year-old is putting together a strong season, and could fit in the Rangers future plans. Gomez has bounced back and the Rangers should take advantage of it.
This season Gomez is hitting .250 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 57 games. He’s seen time on the disabled list, but when healthy he’s electric on the field. The power is back with 12 homers already and Gomez hit 13 all last season.
The Rangers signed Gomez to a one-year $11.5 million deal in the off-season. That was when Gomez was coming off a bad year. His value has gone up, but he could still be affordable for Texas.
If Gomez continues to succeed this season he’ll likely look for a similar deal to Desmond this off-season. Health is always a concern for Gomez and Desmond has been better is that category. Regardless Gomez is likely to score a four-year $50-55 million deal this off-season.
It could be higher or possibly lower depending on his second half of the season. Also how many outfielders are available will determine his value on the free agent market. The Rangers should go after Gomez if he’s only asking $12-13 million a year. He’s proven his value, and could be an asset to the future of the organization.