Report: Cardinals looking into trade for Carlos Gomez

Friday August 12th, 2016

The Cardinals have looked into trading for slumping Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez, ESPN reports.

St. Louis has a need in the outfield after Matt Holliday was hit by a pitch and broke his thumb on Thursday. Gomez, 30, has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He hit just .210 this season with five home runs and a .272 on base percentage in 85 games with the Astros.

ESPN reports Gomez and Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur are both trade possibilities, with the Mets also involved with Gomez. The Astros have until Thursday to make a trade, or Gomez will become a free agent.

Houston acquired Gomez in a mid-season trade last year. He was an All-Star with Milwaukee in 2013 and 2014 and one of baseball’s better power-speed threats, but has been unable to rediscover that form.

The Cardinals will likely turn to Randall Grichuk, Tommy Pham and Brandon Moss to fill Holliday’s at-bats in the interim.

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