Carlos Gomez is salvaging his 2016 season with the Rangers
After homering twice on Saturday night against the Angels, Carlos Gomez had another productive day at the dish on Sunday afternoon, racking up a single and a walk over four plate appearances in a 3-2 loss.
Gomez, 30, was released by the Astros on August 18 with a .594 OPS, his worst offensive performance since his rookie season with the Mets in 2007 as a 21-year-old. He had five home runs and 29 RBI over 323 plate appearances. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter to help fill the gap left by the injured Shin-Soo Choo.
Gomez’s impact was felt immediately as he drilled a three-run home run in his Rangers debut in the first inning on August 25 against the Indians. Counting Sunday’s performance, he’s hitting .236 /.344/.527 with four dingers and 12 RBI in 64 plate appearances. That’s not quite back to the All-Star level he was at in 2013 and ’14, but pretty close.
At season’s end, Gomez will become eligible for free agency. His late-season performance with the Rangers will help him procure a contract for 2017 whether with the Rangers or another team.