Texas Rangers rumors: Carlos Gomez is looking for a “long multiyear deal” of up to five years as he hits the free agent market, according to Jon Heyman.
Heyman quotes Gomez’s agent, Scott Boras, talking about the rarity of a player like Gomez hitting the market. The outfielder has expressed a desire to return to Texas, and the Rangers reportedly want him back, but Heyman indicates that the team and player are fairly far apart at this point.
One would think Gomez would seek a one year deal to show that the improvement he showed in Texas the final month of the season is legit, after having an awful stint in Houston in late 2015 and then in 2016, prompting the Astros to simply release him. I have a hard time seeing a team committing to five years at $12-16 million per year for Gomez, even in a down free agent market.
If Boras is sincere in expressing Gomez’s desire to get a big payday, he could end up lingering on the market for a while. If you’re looking for a possible destination for Gomez, though, where he might cash in on a big deal, keep an on the Detroit Tigers. They need a center fielder after dealing Cameron Maybin, there aren’t a ton of options out there, and they have a history of giving Boras clients big deals late in free agency.