MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers and center fielder Carlos Gomez have agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, the club announced Thursday.
Gomez, 27, hit a career-best .260 with a career-high 19 home runs, 51 RBI and a career-high 37 stolen bases in 137 games for the Brewers in 2012.
Acquired from the Minnesota Twins in a trade for shortstop J.J. Hardy in November 2009, Gomez has sparkled defensively all along for Milwaukee but finally started to flash some of his vast offensive potential last season.
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This is his final arbitration year, and he will become a free agent following the season. With Gomez signed, only closer John Axford, reliever Burke Badenhop and starting pitcher Marco Estrada remain arbitration-eligible for the Brewers. Salary arbitration figures will be exchanged Friday, with hearings held Feb. 4-20.