One man's trash is another man's treasure. That is what the Texas Rangers are hoping for as the team has signed former Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league contract after Houston designated him for assignment this past week.
Source: Carlos Gomez will sign with Rangers.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) August 20, 2016
Gomez, 30, batted .210 with .272/.322/.594 slash line with the Astros in his contract year. He was designated for assignment on Aug. 10 and released on Aug. 18. The Astros know all about what Gomez brings the table: high energy, excellent fielding skills, speed on the base paths, and home run pop.
The problem is that Gomez only showed flashes of each of the skills in 2015 and 2016. He posted career-worst in almost every stats. The final straw for Astros general manager was Gomez getting lost on two straight fly balls in Minnesota.
So for the Rangers, it's a solid pickup especially when the Rangers' best centerfield options are Deliono Deshilds Jr. and Ian Desmond. The team just picked up an above average defender that can knock the cover off the ball when hot.
Hopefully, Gomez won't turn his season around after leaving the Rangers but I suspect he'll hit a home run in each fo the games against Houston.