Upon designating Gomez for assignment Aug. 10, Houston had 10 days to work out a trade or assign him to the minor leagues, but instead the 30-year-old is now a free agent.
The 2016 season has been the worst of the Dominican Republic native's MLB career, as he is hitting just .210 with five home runs, 29 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Houston acquired Gomez in a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers prior to last season's trade deadline, and he struggled down the stretch to the tune of a .242 batting average, four homers, 13 RBI and 10 steals in 41 games.
Gomez is a couple of years removed from a pair of career seasons. He made the NL All-Star team in both 2013 and 2014, and he hit .284 with an average with 24 home runs, 73 RBI and 37 stolen bases per season over the course of that two-year span.
The former Gold Glove Award winner has experienced a steep fall from grace since then, but he is a five-tool player when he is on his game.
With slugger Giancarlo Stanton likely out for the season due to a groin injury, the playoff-contending Marlins desperately need outfield help.
Gomez may not help much if his 2016 form persists, but he could be a value signing should he recapture some of the magic he displayed in 2013 and 2014.
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