Gomez exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league contract with the Mariners on Sunday and will become a free agent, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. With a promotion to the big leagues seemingly not imminent for Gomez, the pitcher requested his release from the organization to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The 29-year-old made five appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, giving up one run over 5.2 innings.
Gomez signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners and was added to Triple-A Tacoma's roster, Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto reports. He had a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings at Triple-A in the Brewers' organization, but recently elected to become a free agent and joined up with Seattle. Gomez worked as the Phillies' closer last year, but that was a unique set of circumstances. It's possible he could regain a big-league bullpen spot, but it would likely be in a low-leverage capacity.
Gomez signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Saturday. Three weeks after his release from the Phillies, Gomez has found a new home in the Brewers' organization. He will presumably report to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Gomez enjoyed a fine first five months of 2016 while serving as the Phillies' closer, but he imploded in September and those struggles carried over to this season (7.25 ERA, 1.70 WHIP in 22.1 innings).
The Phillies released Gomez on Friday. No club was going to claim Gomez on waivers given his $4.2 million salary. The 29-year-old should find some interested suitors now that he is a free agent and can be signed for a minimum contract.
The Phillies designated Gomez for assignment Tuesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Gomez opened the season as the Phillies' closer, but lost the job quickly and wound up working mostly in low-leverage situations. He is 3-2 with a 7.25 ERA and a 21:7 K:BB in 22.1 innings this season. He should be able to find an opportunity with another club in need of relief depth.