The Astros on Wednesday designated center fielder Carlos Gomez for assignment. That means the team has 10 days to release Gomez or seven days to put him on waivers for purposes of trading him or outrighting him to the minors with his consent.
While the move comes as a surprise, Gomez has indeed struggled badly in 2016. In his age-30 season, Gomez has hit .210/.272/.322 (63 OPS+) in 85 games this season. Over that span, he's hit just five home runs. Gomez showed signs of decline last season, but as recently as 2014 he was competing at an All-Star level. He's in the final year of a three-year, $24 million contract and is owed the balance of a $9 million salary for 2016.