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Brewers, Carlos Gomez avoid arbitration with one-year contract

Jan 17, 2013, 6:39 PM EST

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The Brewers and outfielder Carlos Gomez have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract, according to Brewers senior director of media relations Mike Vassallo. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he’ll get $4.3 million, which is more than double the $1,962,000 he earned last year.

Gomez was arbitration-eligible for the fourth and final time this winter. The raise is well deserved, as the 27-year-old is coming off a career-year in which he batted .260/.305/.463 and established new career-highs with 19 homers, 37 stolen bases and a .768 OPS. A notorious free-swinger, he had never hit more than eight homers or posted an OPS higher than .679 in his previous five seasons in the big leagues.

Gomez began last season on the short side of a platoon with Nyjer Morgan, but he’s expected to be the everyday center fielder for the Brewers in 2013. While still flawed, he should continue to be useful if the power is here to stay and he plays his usual brand of excellent defense.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Gogo had a pretty decent year last year. Hopefully he continues to get better this season also.

  2. thebadguyswon - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Yeah….and hopefully he signs with the Mets in 2014. I’ll take him back.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      You’ll get your chance I think because the Crew has some young guys coming up that will probably make Gomez expendable unless he has a absolutelt terrific season.

  3. roanboon - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    I recall several games in which the Brewers won because of his pinch-running in the 9th. His presence on 1st base seems to rattle opposing pitchers.

    • sandwiches4ever - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Two games last year: 4/17 against the Dodgers, and 7/1 against the DBacks. The Dodgers game he was driven in from 2B on a double, and the July 1st game…well, it ended like this:

      Gomez Steals 2B; Gomez Scores/Adv on E2 (throw to 2B)/Adv on E8 (throw to 3B)/unER

      He appeared as a PR in four other games, all Brewers losses.

  4. roanboon - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Thank you for the research. I erred in limiting my statement to be inclusive only of Gomez affecting the pitcher in pinch running situations, when he might have done the same by reaching base on his own. Do you have any data on how many times he was on base in the 9th after recording a hit, walk or error, with a subsequent batter achieving a walk, hit, or error, arguably as a result of Gomez presence on base?

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