Brewers lock-up CF Gomez through 2016
Milwaukee Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin announced yesterday the signing of center fielder Carlos Gomez to a three-year contract extension through the 2016 season. Reports indicate the deal is worth $24 million dollars. Gomez would have been eligible for free agency after this season if he had not agreed to the Brewers offer.
In November of 2009, the Brewers traded shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Twins for the then 23-year old Gomez. Up until last season, where Gomez had a breakout season, he was a player full of unrealized potential. He has always been a very good defensive player, and his blazing speed has terrorized opposing pitchers trying to keep him from swiping bases. The problem was, Gomez was rarely on base as he frequently swung for the fences without discipline.
Now Gomez is 27, and looking to build upon a 2012 season where he batted .260 with 19 HR, 51 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 137 games. After losing the starting job to Nyjer Morgan in 2011, Gomez took it back last season as Morgan scuffled at the plate.
One thing is for certain, there is no better athlete on the Milwaukee Brewers roster than Gomez. His physical gifts are extraordinary. He has all the tools to be great. It is that talent, combined with his age, that has allowed Doug Melvin to be patient as Gomez worked to find his stride with the Brewers. Heck, at 6'4" and 225 pounds, he would be a solid choice to serve as a gunner on the Packers punt coverage team.
Locking up Gomez leaves the Brewers with two thirds of their outfield locked up through at least 2016. If Norichka Aoki can post similar numbers to his "rookie" season with the Brewers, he may be the next one the Brewers look to extend. Aoki signed a two-year contract with the Brewers during the 2012 off-season.