In a somewhat striking turn of events, the Astros have designated Carlos Gomez for assignment, thereby removing him from the 40-man roster. The Astros now have ten days to trade, release, or send Gomez to the minors.
The 30-year old Gomez, who was eligible to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season anyways, is only due the remainder of his $9 million salary for this season. Gomez is having by far the worst season of his career so far slashing .210/.272/.322 and 42 percent worse than the league average according to wRC+. Even his defense has been bad, only saving half of a run by FanGraphs’ estimations. In all, Gomez has been 0.4 wins below replacement level according to FanGraphs.
Source: Astros have designated OF Carlos Gomez for assignment.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 10, 2016
Acquired just last trade deadline from the Brewers, the centerfielder was supposed to help the Astros contend. Instead, the trade that also netted Mike Fiers and an international bonus slot is a huge bust. In exchange, the Brewers got Josh Hader, Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, and Adrian Houser. Hader and Phillips sit fourth and eighth in the Brewers’ system according to MLB Pipeline.
With the signing of Yulieski Gurriel and the call-up of Alex Bregman, the Astros were expected to make an outfield-related move. That being said, the DFA of Gomez was somewhat unforeseeable. Regardless, this likely means that Gurriel’s call-up is imminent. He is currently stationed with Double-A Corpus Christi and has impressed already in limited work at the High-A and Rookie-Ball levels.