Still recovering from The Great Blizzard of 2013, spring showed its first signs of, well, springing on Friday when the Bridgeport Bluefish announced their first addition of the 2013 season, signing outfielder Alexis Gomez. This will be Gomez's first season in Bridgeport, and his 13th year overall in prol baseball.
Gomez last played professionally in the Mexican League from 2010-11. In 2010 with Laguna, he batted .352 with 16 home runs, 82 RBI, 77 runs scored, and 37 stolen bases over the course of 101 games.
The 32-year-old outfielder has spent four seasons in the Major Leagues, and made his big league debut coming in 2004 with the Kansas City Royals. After a brief stint in the minors, he was with the Royals again in 2006 before being traded to Detroit, where he played with the Tigers for the next two season.
He has also spent time with the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins organizations. Overall, Dominican-native owns a .259 batting average 89 career Major League games in addition to his .288 batting average, 95 homers, 544 RBI, 614 runs scored and 194 stolen bases in the minors.
“The Bluefish are proud to welcome Alexis as the first signing of 2013,” said Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard. “We are looking forward to the upcoming season and filling out our roster in the weeks to come.”
The Bluefish, charter members of the Atlantic League, widely recognized as the top independent minor league circuit in the country, will open the 2013 season with a seven-game road trip before their playing their first home game. Opening Day (night, actually) will be on Friday night, April 26, when the 'Fish entertain the York Revolution. For information on tickets and scheduling, visit www.bridgeportbluefish.com.