PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays moved quickly to fill the void created by Tuesday's trade of RF Steven Souza Jr., agreeing to a one-year deal Wednesday afternoon with veteran OF Carlos Gomez.
The deal, pending a physical, will pay Gomez $4-million – slightly more than Souza was to make – plus $500,000 in performance incentives.
In trading Souza to Arizona on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal with the Yankees, Rays officials said they would be aggressive in finding a replacement and hinted they could reinvest some of the money they had trimmed from the payroll.
Gomez, 32, is an athletic, and somewhat emotional player, having spent 11 years in the majors with the Mets, Twins, Brewers, Astros and Rangers.
He hit .255 with 17 homers, 51 RBIs and an .802 OPS last year with Texas. For his career, Gomez has a .256 average, 133 homers, 504 RBIs and a .733 OPS.