Brewers, Gomez avoid arbitration

There’s a report this afternoon from FoxSports.com that the Brewers and center fielder Carlos Gomez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for “around $2 million.” Gomez would be the second of the Brewers’ arbitration-eligible players to sign, joining catcher George Kottaras.

Gomez made $1.5 million last season and became a productive player after the Brewers moved him into a center field platoon with Nyjer Morgan. Gomez lost much of the second half to a broken collarbone, and finished the regular season with a .225 average, eight home runs and 24 RBIs. He did have an excellent postseason, going 5-for-17 with three runs scored, including the run in Game 5 of the National League Division Series that propelled the Brewers to the NLCS.

This is Gomez’s third year in arbitration and he will have a fourth, because he entered the process as a “Super 2″ player with the Twins.

The Brewers have six remaining arbitration-eligible players, a list headed by reliever Francisco Rodriguez. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is handling those talks himself. The team’s other remaining eligibles are starter Shaun Marcum, relievers Kameron Loe, Manny Parra and Jose Veras, and outfielder Morgan.

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