Pirates Sign Gomez To One-Year Deal
Chris Gomez
Chris Gomez

Posted Dec 12, 2007


The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have signed free agent infielder Chris Gomez to a one-year contract for the 2008 season.

Gomez, 36, hit .297 (66-for-222) with 12 doubles and 21 RBI in 92 combined games with Baltimore and Cleveland during the 2007 season. He began the year with the Orioles, where he batted .302 in 73 games (18 starts at third base, 10 at shortstop, nine at first base and five at second base). Gomez was claimed off waivers by the Indians on August 9 and hit .283 in 19 games with the Tribe as they captured the American League Central Division crown.

“We are very pleased to be able to add Chris Gomez to our roster,” Bucs GM Neal Huntington said. "His ability and versatility will make him a very valuable addition to our club. We are happy to add his positive veteran presence to the Pirates clubhouse.”

A veteran of 15 major league seasons, Gomez made his big league debut with the Tigers in 1993 after being selected by Detroit in the third round of the 1992 June draft.

In his major league career, he has hit .261 (1156-for-4421) with 226 doubles, 59 home runs and 467 RBI in 1419 games with Detroit (1993-96), San Diego (1996-2001), Tampa Bay (2001-02), Minnesota (2003), Toronto (2004), Baltimore (2005-07) and Cleveland (2007).

Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster is currently at 40 players.


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