Now that Carlos Gomez is leading the National League in batting average and slugging percentage heading into mid-May, the Milwaukee Brewers center fielder seems like he should be bound for a colossal contract. That is if he hadn’t already signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the club this offseason.
While that figure is nothing to sneer in almost any line of work including baseball, it also makes it hard not to consider that Joe Mauer and Ryan Howard are making about as much in one year as Gomez does in three years. However, Gomez is saying all the right things to the media as his incredible start to the 2013 campaign surges along.
“It depends what kind of player you are and what kind of career you have,” Gomez told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I really only had one year that was pretty good. That was last year. I didn’t want to take chances. I’ll still be just 30 when this contract is over. I just need to stay healthy and continue to get better. It just had to be something that was fair for both sides.”
“So we waited until both sides were comfortable with it. They know I like it here, and I appreciate all the patience they have and the opportunity they give to me. I had a good feeling that it was going to work out. I’m really happy with myself. I don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen now. I’m signed for three years. I can take care of my son and my family. I know they are all safe. I can go to bed, sleep well and come here ready to do my job.”
If Gomez keeps rattling off four-hit nights like he did on Wednesday, this second-guessing narrative might only grow stronger with his prolific numbers.