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Carlos Gomez gets $24 million extension from Brewers

Mar 13, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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Carlos Gomez and the Brewers have agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract extension, the team announced.

Gomez is making $4.3 million this season in his final year of arbitration eligibility and would have hit the open market as a free agent next winter. Instead according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com he’ll get $7 million in 2014, $8 million in 2015, and $9 million in 2016.

Gomez was once a top prospect, but looked like a bust before a career-year at the plate in 2012. He hit .260 with 19 homers and 37 steals in 137 games while posting a .768 OPS that’s 90 points higher than his previous best mark, although Gomez’s awful plate discipline and strike-zone control remained with a 98/20 K/BB ratio. Overall, with both offense and defense factored in, he was probably a top-10 center fielder.

Clearly the Brewers are either buying into last season’s power development sticking around for good or simply believe his excellent range in center field makes Gomez an above-average player regardless of whether he regresses at the plate. Three years and $24 million is a big commitment to someone with a .673 career OPS, but elite defensive center fielders don’t have to hit much to provide big value and $7-$9 million per season isn’t exactly superstar money these days. Depending on how far you trust various defensive metrics, Gomez was worth about twice that much last season.

  1. danglesnipecelly24 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Question to Brewers fans.. Does this moron still smell his bat in the on deck circle?

  2. onbucky96 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Don’t know if he smells his bat, I’m too busy staring at Front Row Amy. He is fast but an idiot. He gets picked off 1st waaaaaay too often.

    • cw2121 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      If his play log at FanGraphs is correct he got picked off first once last year.

      Not all that often, really.

  3. giantboy99 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    B U S T

  4. nghtrder169 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    The Braun Effect lol – Jucied😬😉

    • padraighansen - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Insightful comment, and you used emoticons. HBT has to be thrilled that their demographic base is extending all the way to 13 year old girls now, as well.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        What exactly is wrong with 13 year old girls reading HBT? And, what in particular suggested to you that nghtrder169 is a girl?

  5. Darkoestrada - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    I like this deal for the brewers. Center field defense is critical and with another offensive year like last, he’d be looking at a much bigger deal next year. His plate discipline is lacking and definitely needs improvement but I’d take Gomez at 4 years 27 mil over bj upton at 5 years 75 mil any day.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      I agree with you this is a food deal and if he continues to get better with the bat he’s going to be a steal for $8 mil.

      • skerney - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        I just love a food deal. My mom used to clips coupons.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        Ha! Shoulda proofread that one.

    • hoober27 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Love the signing. Have always felt he’s the best defensive CF in baseball which alone would justify the contract. He’s probably surpassed defensively by Bourjos and might dip into “only” top-five by the end of this deal, but still a bargain, especially considering the Bossman Junior deal. Fangraphs had a great article talking about fly ball distances perhaps justifying the sustainability of his power surge. It seems like he and/or the team has come to realize that his power is his most valuable offensive asset and not his speed. That said, watching this guy fly around the bases might be my favorite non-Braun thing to watch as a Brewers fan.

  6. 13arod - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Hes over paid his numbers are under par???

    • bougin89 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      You know I don’t speak spanish. -in my best Anchorman voice

      • paperlions - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Isn’t 13arod is Spanish for whale’s vagina?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        WTF?

      • Kevin S. - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        German.

      • paperlions - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Dang, you’re right.

  7. bougin89 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I like this deal. Say what you want about Gomez’s lack of discipline at the plate(he did start showing much more plate discipline last year) and baserunning but he is an awesome, speedy CF’er with a cannon of an arm and he plays all out everyday.

  8. sdemp - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    phansen nailed it on the head. . . Now on to Go-Go, I think its a good deal for both parties. Although his OBP needs to improve, his defense is at a gold glove level, and his speed is second to none.

  9. paperlions - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    This is a great deal for the Brewers because of the length. He’ll be 30 when the deal ends. They just bought his peak years without buying any decline years, which is fantastic value given his defense, even if his offense regresses a little (and it could actually improve…you never know….Yadi had a career year in 2011 and then kicked the shit out of that year in 2012).

  10. bla bla bla - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    This makes me happy. I’m the definitive old fart that doesn’t give a rat’s ass about metrics and emotionally invests in players. I love watching guys like Gomez play ball and he seems to be a pretty decent young man.

    • bla bla bla - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      …and get off of my lawn!

  11. albertmn - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Seems too expensive to me, and think the Brewers will regret it (at least a little). But, if they see something they like, more power to them.

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