Royals Rumors: Should KC Grab Carlos Gomez?
The KC Royals could use offense help. As much as no one wants to admit it, LF Alex Gordon has had a terrible season at the plate. Could claiming the recently-released Carlos Gomez off waivers help?
Forget about 30-year-old Carlos Gomez‘s awful .210/.272/.322 slash line with the Houston Astros this season. That’s not the guy that interests anyone (including the Kansas City Royals). Instead, what every team in baseball that could use an outfield bat wants to know is: how much of the guy that put up 13.1 fWAR between 2013-14 remains?
Carlos Gomez enjoyed two consecutive all-star seasons in his age 27 and age 28 seasons in that span. Gomez was one of the four best position players in baseball in 2013-14, trailing only Mike Trout (18.5 fWAR), Andrew McCutchen (15.3 fWAR) and Josh Donaldson (14.1 fWAR).
That’s some pretty impressive company, when you consider that all three players have won league MVP awards. In fact, McCutchen won the NL MVP in 2013 and Trout won the AL MVP in 2014 during the period in question.
So, yeah, with Carlos Gomez still only 30 years old, someone is going to hope that he’s just suffering from a four-month career blip. Which brings us back to our original question: should that team be the Kansas City Royals?
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