Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is one of the most intriguing players on the trade market -- a right-handed hitter who is affordable and under club control through next season.
Not surprisingly, Gomez is drawing interest -- and not only from teams in obvious contention.
The Rangers and Indians are among the clubs that have reached out to the Brewers about Gomez, according to major-league sources.
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Both teams rank near the bottom in the majors in OPS from the center-field position -- the Indians are 23rd, the Rangers 28th.
The Giants, who rank 24th, and Astros, who rank 25th, are two other clubs that find Gomez appealing, but the Giants might not have the prospects to land him and the Astros appear more focused on bullpen help, sources say.
Gomez, 29, is earning $8 million this season and $9 million next season. A team could gain control of him for two pennant races and also have two opportunities to trade him -- this offseason and next July.
The Rangers, who badly want a right-handed bat, are operating aggressively as both buyers and sellers, trying to acquire players such as Gomez and Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels while fielding offers for right-hander Yovani Gallardo and lefty Wandy Rodriguez, sources say.
Rookie Delino DeShields, a Rule 5 pick from the Astros, has performed well for the Rangers after taking over for Leonys Martin in center. But DeShields also can play left and still be part of the future outfield equation; the team is expected to trade right fielder Shin Soo-Choo this off-season.
The Indians also are looking at additions and subtractions, exploring deals for players who could fit for next season and beyond while listening to proposals for their starting pitchers and corner players such as David Murphy and Ryan Raburn, sources say.
Michael Bourn, the team's current center fielder, is under contract for $13.5 million next season. The Indians, however, could look to move him this winter -- Bourn is batting only .230 with a .576 OPS and has stolen only seven bases in 11 attempts.