Carlos Gomez would play in any position for the Texas Rangers. But the gardener says he would not play for any other team.
“Without a doubt, I’m in the right team,” said the Dominican. ” I decided to come back this year because I think it was the best decision for me. It’s the right decision. ”
After closing strong last season, Gomez renewed with the Rangers for a year and 11.5 million dollars. But before that, the slugger had a bad season in 2016, to the point that he was discharged by the Houston Astros in late August after batting .210 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 85 games.
Carlos Gomez hit .284 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs in 33 games with the Rangers after being cleared by Houston. The Rangers, who needed help in the gardens after Shin Shoo Choo fractured his left arm, signed Gomez two days later, and the Dominican was in the majors in a week.
After working with the Rangers’ coaches to change his swing, he hit .284 with eight homers and 24 RBIs in 33 games.
“It’s incredible, it was a difficult season, and I could finish it like that,” said Gomez, who at the age of 31 will start his 11th season in the majors. “I’m more excited to be back and playing a full season with the Rangers.”
Although a small sample, the .284 average is the same as he had in 2013 and 2014 with the Milwaukee Brewers, two years in which he was elected to the All-Star Game. He hit .361 with three homers and nine RBIs in 14 preseason games in Arizona.
Gomez played mostly in left field in the final straight of last season, in which the Rangers won the Central Division of the American League, although this year will play mainly in the central, the same position where he won a Golden Glove in 2013 With the Brewers.
Gomez said he is willing to play where manager Jeff Banister needs him.
“When you start to get older and you are more veteran, you just want to be in the right place to enjoy every moment,” he said. ” This team is perfect, I can win a championship and enjoy every game, every moment. ”