This is a little bit of a shocker. A littler over a calendar year after giving up a huge bounty to acquire him, the Houston Astros have reportedly designated outfielder Carlos Gomez for assignment.
Source: Astros have designated OF Carlos Gomez for assignment.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 10, 2016
It’s some rather stunning news on the surface. Gomez, 30, is set to become a free agent after the 2016 season.
This means that the Astros — still very much in contention for a playoff spot — seemed unwilling to use a spot on 25-man roster for him moving forward. It’s not about getting out from under his contract long term. Though, over the short term, there’s a possibility Houston might be able to find a trade partner for Gomez.
The two-time All-Star has had a miserable 2016 season. He’s hitting just .210 with five homers and 29 RBI.
The former Milwaukee Brewers star is also posting a .272 on-base percentage with a 33-plus percent strikeout rate.
Continuing to put him in the lineup was doing the Astros more harm than good. And in reality, ridding themselves of this type of performance might do them well moving forward.
As it relates to Gomez, he seems to understand why the decision was made.
“It’s not a secret that I’m not doing my job and I’m really disappointed in myself,” Gomez said Wednesday afternoon.
This could very well be an indication that Gomez is willing to accept the assignment and clear his head in the minors. That will be decided here soon.