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Gomez Now a Free Agent

The Tigers did not offer utility OF Alexis Gomez arbitration today, thus making him a free agent.

His spot on the 40-man roster will now be taken by veteran reliever Jose Mesa, who the Tigers mysteriously signed (which I'll get to a little later).

Gomez played in 62 games for the Tigers last season, compiling some less than impressive stats along the way at the plate:

272 318 706 1 6 21 6

He was, however, a well-liked player (at least it seemed) by Leyland as a defensive replacement...And how could we forget game 2 of the ALCS against Oakland when he had 4 RBIs?

With this move the Tigers have a total of 6 OFs on the 40-man roster - Sheffield, Granderson, Ordonez, Monroe, Thames and Clevlen. There has been discussion that the Tigers are looking for another left-handed bat, something that Gomez obviously is - however if he is going to make any more appearances as a Tiger it will have to be as a non-roster invitee at spring training.