via The Sports Xchange
Carlos Gomez, who turned around his 2016 season after joining the Rangers in August, will remain in Texas.
The 31-year-old outfielder agreed to a one-year, $11.5 million contact Wednesday. The deal was not finalized pending Gomez passing a physical.
Gomez likely will become a regular in the Texas outfield with the exit of Ian Desmond, who earlier Wednesday landed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.
Gomez began last season with the Houston Astros, and he struggled mightily. He hit .210 with a .272 on-base percentage, a .322 slugging percentage, five homers, 29 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 85 games before he was released on Aug. 18.
Two days later, Gomez signed with Texas. In 33 games with the Rangers, he batted .284/.362/.543 with eight homers, 24 RBIs and five steals.
Gomez was an All-Star in 2013 and 2014 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, topping 20 homers and 30 steals in each season. He also won a Gold Glove in 2013.
The 2016 Rangers outfield and designated hitter rotation figures to include Gomez, Nomar Mazara and Shin-Soo Choo. Of the three, Gomez is the most likely to land in center field, the position he has manned the majority of his career, though he was largely a left fielder for Texas last season.
Gomez began his major league career with the New York Mets in 2007, and he also played for the Minnesota Twins before joining the Brewers in 2010.