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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS SIGNING: CARLOS GOMEZ RETURNS TO RANGERS

At the age of 31, it is beginning to look like Carlos Gomez is becoming a journeyman right before our eyes.  A fantasy baseball first round pick as recently as just prior to the 2015 season, Gomez has been besieged with injuries that look like they have taken a firm toll on his offensive numbers.  2016 was just nasty for Gomez and his owners as a .210 average and just 5 home runs in 295 at-bats got him a pink slip from the Houston Astros midway through the year.  The Texas Rangers signed Gomez soon after his release and had to be pleased when he turned things around to the tune of hitting .284 with 8 home runs and 5 steals in just 116 at-bats.  It was enough of a solid performance to earn Gomez a one-year deal with the Rangers for $11 million in free agency.  Still we are in murky times now though with Gomez whose health has never been worse and his numbers have been all over the map the last two seasons.  As a result, interest in Gomez is at an all-time low which could make him an actual value play for 2017 fantasy baseball.  We are not saying that Gomez’ very ugly performance last season should be ignored but instead are pointing out the fact he is still relatively young and by the looks of his good work with the Rangers, also capable of putting up decent numbers.  Since the consensus in the fantasy baseball community is that Gomez is finished, you won’t have to pay much to see if a comeback campaign is possible.  Considering the positives of his home park and the fact he is still somewhat young, we would sign off on Gomez as an outfielder 3 with comeback potential this season.  

2017 PROJECTION:  .277 16 HR 58 RBI 74 R 17 SB  

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