There weren’t very many players that had a bigger second half to the 2012 season than Carlos Gomez.
Gomez enters into the 2013 season for the Milwaukee Brewers looking to match what he did to finish 2012. He finished 2012 with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs while stealing 37 bases. The Brewers are going to need Gomez to hit another 20 homers this season, and a lot of that will have to come in the first half while Milwaukee gets healthy.
Milwaukee will already be missing Corey Hart for the first month, and Aramis Ramirez has had some issues of his own in spring training. Gomez really cashed in on his great second half with a four-year contract from the Brewers that averages over $7 million a season. I’m sure the Brewers had to be a little bit leery about giving Gomez that much money, considering that he has only one real good season in his career.
There is real potential that this fails miserably for the Brewers, but that is going to be up to Gomez. The center fielder is just 27-years old so he could be entering a solid part of his career, but there are many questions around him right now.
That said, Gomez is tearing it up in spring training, hitting nearly .500 — but that’s just spring training at-bats. Gomez is likely going to end up with around 12 home runs and will steal 30 bases, but that’s not going to be enough to save Milwaukee this year.