The Houston Astros plan to designate outfielder Carlos Gomez for assignment, per MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.
Source: Astros have designated OF Carlos Gomez for assignment.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 10, 2016
Gomez, 30, was currently batting .210 (62x295) with 27 runs scored, 16 doubles, five home runs, 29 RBIs, 21 walks, and 13 stolen bases. He was batting a disastrous .143 (2x14) over his last seven starts and was sat recently for defensive lapses in center field against the Twins on Monday.
Gomez has been easily one of the most contentious moves in general manager Jeff Luhnow tenure with the Astros. Pitcher Mike Fiers and Gomez were traded to Houston for Adrian Houser, Domingo Santana, Josh Hader, and top prospect Brett Phillips.
While Gomez has flashed the tools that made him a two-time all-star and a Gold Glove winner. Gomez hasn't been able to put things together at the plate. Gomez has posted career lows in batting average (.210), OBP (.272), slugging .(.322), wRC+ (58), offensive fWar (-15.4) and defensive fWAR (0.5).
The Astros attempted to right the ship with a stint on the 15-Day disable list back in May as Gomez as batting .182 (22x121).
The reasons to keep Gomez on the roster dwindled as the Gomez's bat never turned around and Jake Marisnick proved to at least replacement level in center field with the bat.
Looking at the positive moments, Gomez's time with the Astros will be remembered for his solo home run against Masahiro Tanaka in the 2015 AL Wild Card game -- Gomez blasted the home run with a rib cage injury.
The Astros turn the page on Gomez and install Marinsick as their everyday starter in center.