NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Rangers have agreed to a 1-year, $11.5 million deal with outfielder Carlos Gomez, according to multiple reports. SB Nation first learned that Texas was seriously pursuing Gomez after meeting with him today at the Winter Meetings.
Texas has been linked to multiple center-field options on the trade market, but ultimately decided to retain Gomez after he spent the season’s final 33 games in Arlington. Gomez will return after hitting a solid .284/.362/.543 with eight homers in that span.
Gomez was primed for a major deal in free agency this year before a slow start with the Astros led to his release in August. He re-established some value with his run in Texas, but had to settle for a 1-year pillow contract in an effort to hit the open market again next winter.
In 10 major-league seasons with the Mets, Twins, Brewers, Astros and Rangers, Gomez is a career .257/.312/.415 hitter with 116 home runs. He has been named an All-Star on two occasions.