Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel has tweeted the following information a few minutes ago:
I’m hearing the Brewers are going to extend Carlos Gomez’s contract. Four years, around $27.5 million. Will update here in a bit.
— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 13, 2013
(I just finished profiling Carlos Gomez for my “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers” Opening Day countdown series last week. You can read that profile here: #27 Carlos Gomez)
If the rumors are true and the dollars are close to what was first reported by Rosiak, this could stand as a major value signing by Doug Melvin and the Brewers. The market prices for for top flight free agent centerfielders were more than double what the average annual value of this extension for Gomez would be worth. B.J. Upton, for example, was signed for five years at $75 million total, or $15 million per season. After Gomez makes his $4.3 million in 2013, he’ll bump up to $6.875 million (or so, depending on the final dollars) per year.
With Gomez just now entering his prime, another five total years of high-level defensive play alone should be considered a virtual lock (injury always the caveat) and should most of his offensive breakout from the end of 2012 carry over, this will absolutely be a steal.
UPDATE: Here is the full official release from the Brewers…
The Milwaukee Brewers signed outfielder Carlos Gomez today to a three-year contract extension through the 2016 season. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“We are happy that Carlos has decided to remain a Brewer for a number of years,” said Melvin. “He has always had the physical skills, and his recent performance has given us the confidence that he will take the next step in becoming one of the top center fielders in the game. His energy, speed and aggressive style of play is a perfect fit for Ron Roenicke’s style of managing.”
Gomez, 27, who would have been eligible for free agency following this season, batted .260 with 19 HR, 51 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 137 games in 2012. He made 98 starts, all in center field. He batted .281 (66-for-235) with 14 HR and 33 RBI over his last 67 games last season and is batting .529 (9-for-17, 1hr, 1rbi) this spring.
In 2012, Gomez was one of just five players in the Major Leagues with 15+ home runs and 30+ stolen bases, joining teammate Ryan Braun, Mike Trout (Angels), B.J. Upton (Rays) and Jimmy Rollins (Phillies). Since joining the Brewers in 2010, Gomez is 71-for-82 in stolen base attempts. His success rate of 86.6% trails only Coco Crisp (120-for-136, 88.2%) in the Major Leagues by anyone with at least 70 stolen bases during this period.
Gomez was selected to the Dominican Republic provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but elected not to play.
UPDATE 2: Adam McCalvy just tweeted the contract details for the extension years…
#Brewers announce 3-year extension for Gomez. Source says he gets $7mm in ’14, $8mm in ’15, $9mm in ’16. Story at the site.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 13, 2013
Reaction poured in from fellow Brewers fans on Twitter as well. Check some of these out.
Steal. RT @haudricourt: We are hearing Brewers are going to extend Carlos Gomez for four years at about $27.5 million.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) March 13, 2013
Look at the BJ Upton contract, look at Gomez’s extension, and tell me any way that isn’t a steal.
— Jack Moore (@jh_moore) March 13, 2013
Plus, in case you forgot, Gomez is only going to be 27 this year. Brewers still getting his prime years.
— Jaymes Langrehr (@JaymesL) March 13, 2013
Carlos Gomez is such a good CF that he could be the worst hitter in the majors and he’d probably be worth $7 mil…
— Larry Granillo (@wezen_ball) March 13, 2013