In the wake of Giancarlo Stanton’s season-ending groin injury, the Marlins are exploring several hitters, including the Astros’ Carlos Gomez, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. Gomez would presumably join Ichiro Suzuki in a platoon, with one of the two veterans playing with regulars Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.
Since being designated for assignment earlier this week, Gomez has drawn interest from other NL contenders like the Cardinals and Mets, though New York may have simply been doing due diligence. Given that the Mets, Cards and Marlins are all battling for wild card spots, there could also be some gamesmanship between the three teams on the waiver wire to block a trade, which could force Houston to pull Gomez back on waivers and then release him outright.
It speaks to Gomez’s impressive track record that he is still getting consideration from contending teams despite his disastrous tenure with the Astros. In a little over a year in an Astros uniform, Gomez has hit just .221/.277/.342 in 323 plate appearances and posted subpar defensive numbers in center field. Gomez has dealt with a couple of notable injuries in that time, though it’s still a stunning decline considering that Gomez was still posting strong numbers as recently as the first half of the 2015 season, and was an All-Star in 2013 and 2014 with the Brewers.
While nobody expects him to replicate Stanton’s production, it’s possible a change of scenery and a return to the National League could help Gomez regain some of his old form. The Astros and Marlins have collaborated on a pair of trades since Jeff Luhnow has been Houston’s general manager, such as the July 2014 deadline deal that saw such notables as Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez, Colin Moran and Jake Marisnick switch teams, plus the July 2012 trade that saw Carlos Lee go to Miami.
Also from Frisaro’s piece, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill confirmed that the team has interest in Alex Rodriguez, though the Fish want to learn more about A-Rod’s future plans. “I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing,” Hill said. “He has something set up to move into the [Yankees’] front office. I don’t know where his head is on that, but where we are now, this team has played too well for too long. We’re right in the thick of this thing, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help in any way we can. If it’s him, or if it’s someone else, we’re going to try to find a way.”