Carlos Gomez Reportedly Signs Contract with Rangers

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Houston Astros' Carlos Gomez walks to the dugout during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, July 15, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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The Houston Astros announced they designated outfielder Carlos Gomez for assignment Aug. 10. However, it didn't take him long to find a new team.

Continue for updates.

Rangers Reportedly Sign Gomez

Saturday, Aug. 20

The Texas Rangers inked Gomez to a minor league contract Saturday, and he'll report to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball initially reported the Rangers' interest Saturday.

Giants Discussed Gomez 

Friday, Aug. 19

San Francisco Giants vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean confirmed to Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News that Gomez was being discussed internally.

The Giants were among the teams that could have landed Gomez, per Heyman.

Marlins Linked to Gomez

Friday, Aug. 19

The Miami Marlins were a possible destination for Gomez, per Heyman

On Aug. 14, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported the Marlins were "open to all available options, and that includes Carlos Gomez."

Cardinals Out on Gomez 

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Thursday, Aug. 18 

Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reported the St. Louis Cardinals were not pursuing Gomez, though they briefly expressed interest in him after outfielder Matt Holliday suffered a broken thumb. 

Mets Had 'an Open Mind' on Gomez

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Howie Kussoy of the New York Post reported the New York Mets were interested in acquiring Gomez. Kussoy noted the Mets nearly acquired Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade during the 2015 season in exchange for Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler, but health concerns surrounding Gomez's hip "nixed" the deal.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said his team "always [has] an open mind" when discussing the possibility of adding Gomez, per Kussoy.

Gomez's Solid Career Has Taken a Nosedive in '16

Gomez played 58 games as a rookie for New York in 2007 before he was dealt to the Minnesota Twins as part of the trade that brought Johan Santana to the Mets. The outfielder played in Minnesota in 2008 and 2009 before joining Milwaukee (2010-15), which traded him to Houston in 2015.

On paper, Gomez has an impressive resume, but he has struggled mightily this season. He is slashing .210/.272/.322 with five home runs and 29 RBI and rates as a minus-five in total defensive runs saved above average in center field, per FanGraphs. For context, he rated as a plus-32 in total defensive runs saved above average in center when he won the Gold Glove in 2013.

At his best, Gomez was a National League All-Star in 2013 and 2014 with a combined 47 home runs. He slashed .267/.325/.452 with 87 long balls and 288 RBI with the Brewers, but he recorded a mere nine home runs and 42 RBI in 126 games with Houston.

Gomez is 30 years old, and the drop-off in production is a serious red flag, though apparently it wasn't enough to deter the Rangers.

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