Tigers bring back Alexis Gomez
The Tigers agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with Alexis Gomez, according to an industry source, bringing the 30-year-old outfielder back where he was a postseason hero. Gomez will join the Tigers in Spring Training and provide insurance at Triple-A Toledo as a left-handed bat. The Denver Post first reported the agreement.
Now 30 years old, Gomez last played in the big leagues in 2006 in Detroit, where he became part of the lore of the Tigers’ surprising World Series run. Playing in his first career postseason game, he had a two-run homer and four RBIs in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Oakland. Gomez went 4-for-9 in three games of the four-game ALCS sweep, helping make up for the left-handed bat lost when injured Sean Casey missed the series.
The short-term glory didn’t translate into a Major League role. Gomez signed with Colorado that winter and spent the 2007 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs before joining the Marlins organization last year at Triple-A Albuquerque. He batted .234 with five doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs in 23 games for the Isotopes, covering 73 at-bats.