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Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Dec 17, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

Carlos Gomez body suit man

UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Gomez will earn $1.5 million in 2011, up from his $1.1 million salary in 2010.

8:38 PM: According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoided arbitration today by agreeing on a one-year contract.

Terms aren’t yet available, but Gomez made $1.1 million in his first time through the arbitration process as a “Super Two” last offseason.

Gomez, 25, batted just .247/.298/.357 over 291 at-bats with the Brewers this past season, disturbingly similar to his career batting line of .246/.293/.349 over 1,420 major league plate appearances. The former top prospect is still an asset defensively and possesses plus-speed, but it’s hard to do much damage if you can’t get to first base.

There was some debate about whether Gomez was going to be non-tendered earlier this month, but Brewers general manager Doug Melvin recently told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Lorenzo Cain was not going to be handed the starting center fielder job. There’s still a chance that Gomez will be traded, but if not, look for some competition during spring training.

And yes, I only did this story so I could post that picture.

  1. Panda Claus - Dec 17, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    I expect we’ll hear more details about Gomez over the next few days. That photo-op of him with the Old Navy mannequin is too good not to post several more times.

  2. mtner77 - Dec 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    “The former top prospect is still an asset defensively and possesses plus-speed,”

    That part is true. This kid has sick speed on the bases. But, even if he does get to first that speed sometimes gets him in trouble. Trying to do too much.

    This guy has real, real, raw talent. It remains to be seen if anyone can harvest that raw talent.

  3. Adam - Dec 19, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    The Brewers have now guaranteed they will win the first game of the season and then watch Gomez fall back off a cliff and never get on base again.

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