What Happened to Carlos Gomez After He Left the Milwaukee Brewers?
Carlos Gomez was a fan favorite for a good reason with the Milwaukee Brewers, but seemed to fall flat when he joined the Houston Astros.
Carlos Gomez is, if not, will become a classic trade deadline story when he thought he was going to the New York Mets, but then after concerns about his hip pulled out of the deal. He then was traded to the Houston Astros for a handful of prospects like Josh Hader and Brett Phillips.
His numbers with the Astros seem to jump back more when he started with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, but even worse. To balance out his PAs, you’ll have to go back to in 2010, he had 318 and this year, 323. Everything in his batting line with the Milwaukee Brewers was up at .247/.298/.357, while with the Houston Astros it was .210/.272/.322, the lowest in his career.
Stats like wRC+ at 76 and 0.5 oWAR, measure up somewhat closer with the Astros this year of 58 wRC+ and -0.2 oWAR, but still significantly low. Of course, then Gomez was only 24 and now he’s 30, so very difficult when scouts and coaches still see high potential when you’re young.
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The most difficult stat to figure out with Gomez is his K% at 31.0% (24.8% was his highest in 2011) and his -0.4 dWAR (0.4 lowest in 2014). It seems a player like CarGo can have his struggles at the plate, but will always be reliable in the outfield for any manager to have to pull him, but not so much this year.
This makes you go back to the questionable injuries during the trade deadline with the hip. While there’s nothing much in the stat line that tells you teams could point to and say there is good reason to have doubts, one has to give credit to the New York Mets for taking a second guess and not giving up highly ranked prospects as the deal may have been a bit too much for the Astros at this point.
At the time David Stearns was a part of the front office for the Astros, but at least he sits in a good spot now to watch how the prospects turn out in a good way rooting them on. As far was where Gomez goes from here it will be interesting as teams like the Cardinals and Mets have drawn attention.
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Since being designated for assignment, the Astros have 10 days to decide the options as far as trading or releasing him. While this year, doesn’t look likely for any type of comeback with the Milwaukee Brewers, he will be a free agent next year, so only time will tell if he’ll draw any interest or others like Broxton and Santana will secure the outfield spots.