Saturday August 20th, 2016

The Rangers have signed Carlos Gomez to a minor league contract with the veteran outfielder expected to report to the team’s Triple A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas.

Gomez had spent the season with the Astros before being released this week after hitting just .210 with five home runs in 295 at-bats.

The 30-year-old struggled since arriving in Houston via trade from Milwaukee as part of deal at 2015 deadline. The outfielder had made the All-Star team in 2013 and 2014, hitting .284 with over 20 home runs both seasons, but failed to replicate those numbers for the Astros.

The move comes as Texas attempts to increase its outfield depth following the news the Shin-Soo Choo would miss the remainder of the season with a fratured left forearm.

The Rangers currently hold a seven-game lead over the Mariners in the AL East standings.

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