Gomez, 28, is in his eighth major league season (Mets, Twins, Brewers). For the first five he was nothing special offensively, averaging .243/.291/.357, but his outstanding defense kept him employed. In 2012 he "figured it out," posting a line of .260/.305/.463 with 19 homers and 37 stolen bases. He was even better in 2013, his All-Star season, hitting .284/.338/.506 (OPS+ 129) with 24 homers and 40 stolen bases, while winning a Gold Glove. He was remarkable for the number of times he robbed opponents of home runs by leaping catches at the fence.
Originally signed by the Mets in 2002 out of the Dominican Republic, Gomez made his debut on May 13, 2007. The Mets traded him in February 2008 with Deolis Guerra (minors), Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana. In November 2009 the Twins traded him to the Brewers for J.J. Hardy. Gomez is in the second year of a 4-year $28.3 million contract that takes him through 2016.
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