Ahead of tonight’s game, the Mets announced that they have activated Noah Syndergaard from the injured list. Syndergaard has missed two starts with a hamstring strain and will return to the mound tonight to try to help the Mets avoid the sweep at Citi Field. To make room for Syndergaard on the roster, the Mets have designated Carlos Gomez for assignment.
The Mets signed Gomez back in March to a minor league deal, bringing back the prodigal son who was the subject of the memorable trade that never was at the 2015 trading deadline. After injuries befell the Mets outfield in May, the Mets called Gomez up from Triple-A Syracuse. He made an impact almost right away, hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning on May 23rd to lift the Mets to a victory over the Nationals, completing a four-game sweep.
However, not much has gone right for Gomez—or the Mets, for that matter—since. All told, over 99 plate appearances in his reprise as a Met, Gomez hit to a .198/.278/.337 slash line with a 69 wRC+, good for -0.1 fWAR. Gomez shared time in center field with Juan Lagares, but both players have been delegated to the bench of late, used strictly as late-inning defensive replacements with an occasional pinch hitting or pinch running appearance. Lagares has not given the Mets much with the bat either this season, but is owed much more money than Gomez, which likely factors into the Mets’ decision-making.
It remains to be seen whether Gomez will clear waivers and remain in the organization, but in the meantime, we mourn the loss of chants of “yi, yi, yi” on the base paths and in the clubhouse.