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Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL SIGNING FALLOUT: CARLOS GOMEZ MESSING UP PLANS IN TAMPA

Yeah so that whole Mallex Smith fantasy baseball sleeper thing lasted all of 24 hours.  That is how long it took the Tampa Bay Rays to sign veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal on Wednesday that effectively takes the corner spot that could have gone to Smith and his 30-stolen base speed for 2018 and thus the team once again draws the ire of the fantasy baseball community.  Gomez will now join Kevin Kiermaier and Denard Span as the starting options in the outfield for the Rays this season and thus Smith is out of a chance at least for now and likely will begin 2018 in the minors.  Now as far as Gomez is concerned, the move to Tampa is a decent one for his fantasy baseball stock as he will get an everyday gig to himself and thus have the chance to put up some useful counting numbers once again.  Despite the move, Gomez is an old 32 and is clearly in the journeyman phase of his career as he has moved from Milwaukee to Houston to Texas and now Tampa Bay the last two seasons.  Last year Gomez showed he was not done entirely yet though as he put up the following numbers:

.255
17 HR
51 RBI
51 R
13 SB

Those numbers are not horrible but they straddle the OF 3/4 landscape in leagues that start three at the position and now Gomez moved into a pitcher's park after being in a major offensive haven with the Rangers a year ago.  Never a batting average help even during his brief first-round fantasy baseball days due to a high total of yearly strikeouts, Gomez is now into the boring veteran phase of his career that will have him as nothing more than a late-round pick.  Considering the ballpark downgrade and average hit, you are best left avoiding Gomez this season. 


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