Carlos Gómez will be calling Milwaukee home for a little longer…
The 27-year-old Dominican baseball star has agreed to a four-year, $28.3 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The center fielder nicknamed “Go-Go” would’ve been eligible for free agency after this season. He agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal in January, and the new contract includes salaries of $7 million in 2014, $8 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016.
Gómez hit .260 with 19 homers and 37 stolen bases in 137 games in 2012. He was one of only five players in the majors with at least 15 homers and 30 stolen bases.
“I feel really good that I’ll be able to stay three more years with the Brewers now that they’ve given me a new opportunity,” Gómez said in Spanish after leaving the game. “It was important for me to sign for three more years because this was going to be my fourth year with the organization that gave me a chance. I know I can have a better year than last year, and that’s why I decided to sign for longer.”
Brewers president and general manager Doug Melvin praised Gómez in a statement from the club.
“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,” Melvin said. “His energy, speed and aggressive style of play is a perfect fit for Ron Roenicke‘s style of managing.
Gómez knows now that he and his family are financially secure.
“It’s a great feeling to know that my children, my parents, my brothers, my wife are going to have a good future with everything taken care of,” he said. “It will be that way for a very long time.”