NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Rangers have addressed their center-field situation by agreeing with outfielder Carlos Gomez on a one-year, $11.5 million contract late Tuesday night, Major League sources said.The club has not confirmed the news. An official announcement is pending a physical.
Center field was a top priority for the Rangers coming into the Winter Meetings and they explored every possibility. The deal with Gomez likely rules out the possibility of the Rangers re-signing Ian Desmond. The Rangers acquired Gomez as a free agent on Aug. 20 after he had been released by the Astros. He played in 33 games for the Rangers and hit .284 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs. He had a .362 on-base percentage and a .543 slugging percentage. Gomez is a 10-year Major League veteran who was an All-Star with the Brewers in 2013-14. He won a Gold Glove with the Brewers in '13. The Rangers had discussions about potential deals for the Reds' Billy Hamilton, the Royals' Lorenzo Cain and the Padres' Travis Jankowskibefore reaching a deal with Gomez. The Rangers are still looking for more starting pitching as well as possibly first base/designated hitter options at the Winter Meetings. T.R. Sullivan/ MLB.com