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Mets to select contract of Carlos Gomez

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The 33-year-old has been hitting well in Triple-A.

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The Mets are set to select the contract of outfielder Carlos Gomez, according to Mike Puma of the Post, who says Gomez was informed last night that he would be joining the Mets in Miami. That brings things full circle for the 33-year-old outfielder, who came up through the Mets’ system, made his major league debut with the team in 2007, and was the subject of the trade that never was—the one that would have sent Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores to the Brewers in 2015 in exchange for him.

Having signed a minor league deal with the Mets over the offseason, Gomez has hit .270/.329/.500 with six home runs for Triple-A Syracuse thus far this year. His breakout years in 2013 and 2014 are pretty well in the past now, as he hit just .208/.298/.336 with nine home runs and an 80 wRC+ and 12 stolen bases for the Rays last year. But his most recent solid season came in 2017, which isn’t all that long ago, when he hit 17 home runs with a .255/.340/.462 line, 13 stolen bases, and a 107 wRC+ and was worth 1.9 fWAR for the Rangers.

Gomez will be filling the spot on the active roster created by Michael Conforto’s presumable stint on the injured list with a concussion, but the Mets have to make a move with their 40-man roster to put Gomez on it. They could designate someone for assignment—Keon Broxton certainly seems like a reasonable choice for that but is far from the only option on the 40—or put Franklyn Kilome, who is out all year following Tommy John surgery, on the 60-day injured list, though doing so would start his major league service time.