MMO Free Agent Profile: Carlos Gomez, OF

Carlos Gomez

Position: Outfield

Bats: Right – Throws: Right

Born: Dec. 4, 1985 (32)

2017 Stats: 105 G, 426 PA, 17 HR, 51 RBI, 13 SB, .255 BA, .340 OBP, .462 SLG

Advanced Stats: WAR 1.8, .207 ISO, .336 BABIP, .343 wOBA, 110 wRC+

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Outlook: 

Carlos Gomez began his career with the New York Mets in 2007 as a ripe, 21-year-old before being traded that winter to the Minnesota Twins in the deal that netted the Amazin’s Johan Santana.

It wasn’t until Gomez joined the Milwaukee Brewers where he blossomed, appearing in back-to-back All-Star Games in 2013 and 2014.

The Mets nearly reacquired Gomez prior to the trade deadline in 2015 in the ultimately controversial deal that would have sent Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee, but the trade was nixed at the last minute.

Gomez was instead traded to the Houston Astros, appearing in 41 games the remainder of that season, hitting five homers and driving in 29 runs while hitting at a .242/.288/.383 clip in 163 plate appearances.

The outfielder was released midseason in 2016 by the ‘Stros and subsequently latched on with the Texas Rangers to finish out the year. He also spent the entirety of this past season with Texas.

In 105 games and 426 plate appearances with Texas in 2017, Gomez launched 17 long balls and drove in 51 runs while hitting at a .255/.340/.462 clip with a .343 wOBA and a 110 wRC+

Since his consecutive All-Star years earlier this decade, Gomez has not been quite able to replicate his success.

While the Mets could use outfield help, Gomez doesn’t seem to be a solution, unless he can be had on a short-term, low cost type deal. The main issue with him is that he has been plagued by injuries in recent year, which the Mets, I’m sure, will look to steer clear of.

Contract:

MLB Trade Rumors has Gomez going to the Colorado Rockies on a two-year, $22 million deal. While he plays an average center field, the Mets are likely looking for someone who can plug in at a corner outfield spot while also being able to play first base. Doling out $11 million to Gomez is highly unlikely, with the Mets having limited funds and several other, more important holes to fill.

Recommendation:

Unless, for whatever reason, Gomez is without a job and can be had super cheap by the end of the winter, I think the Mets should steer clear. I think as of right now, they aren’t even considering Gomez and likely only would if something unforeseen happened. The ship has likely sailed between New York and the former stud and that’s probably the way it should be.

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