Gomez, who turned 32 in December, appeared in 105 games for Texas last season and was the primary center fielder after All-Star Ian Desmond left in free agency. Gomez is expected to play right field in Tampa.
A right-handed batter, Gomez had a .255 batting average with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs last season.
The Dominican Republic native came to Texas as a free agent in 2016 after being released by the Houston Astros amid a seasonlong slump. He rebounded to hit .284 with eight homers and 24 RBIs in 33 games over the next month as the Rangers won the AL West title. His MLB résumé also includes stints with Minnesota, Milwaukee and the New York Mets. He won a Gold Glove in 2013 while playing center for the Brewers.
An All-Star in 2013 and ’14 with Milwaukee, Gomez has a .257 average with 133 home runs and 504 RBIs in 10 big league seasons.
The move comes a day after Tampa Bay traded Steven Souza Jr. to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal with the New York Yankees. The Rays have made a series of cost-cutting moves in recent weeks, also trading pitcher Jake Odorizzi and designating Corey Dickerson for assignment.
Right-handed reliever Mychal Givens, Colorado Rockies agree to 1-year, $4.05M contract
Colorado acquired Givens in a deal with Baltimore on Aug. 30. He allowed at least a run in five of 10 appearances for the Rockies.
Givens appeared in 12 games for the Orioles before the trade and allowed two runs over 13 innings. Combined, he was 1-1 with a 3.61 ERA with Colorado and Baltimore.
He turns 31 on May 13.
Givens was selected by the Orioles in the second round of the 2009 amateur draft. He is 21-17 with a 3.41 ERA and 21 saves over 345⅓ innings during his career. Givens was due to make $3,225,000 in 2020 and his prorated salary wound up at $1,194,444.
Six Rockies remain eligible to exchange proposed arbitration salaries on Friday: right-handers Carlos Estevez, Jon Gray and Robert Stephenson, left-hander Kyle Freeland, second baseman Ryan McMahon and outfielder Raimel Tapia.
Reliever Archie Bradley reaches one-year deal with Philadelphia Phillies, sources say
Bradley was not re-signed by the Cincinnati Reds after he was acquired in a midseason trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander pitched well in his six regular-season appearances with Cincinnati, giving up just one run over 7⅔ innings. He allowed the deciding run in Game 1 of the team’s National League wild-card series against the Braves, which Atlanta won 1-0 in 13 innings.
Overall, he was 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 16 appearances between the two teams. He entered the majors as a starter with the Diamondbacks, starting 26 games in 2016, before moving to the bullpen the following seasons. He has 28 career saves and a 3.91 ERA in 255 appearances since entering the majors in 2015.
The agreement between the Phillies and Bradley was first reported by Sportsnet.
Oakland Athletics acquire reliever Nik Turley from Pittsburgh Pirates for cash
OAKLAND, Calif. — Left-hander Nik Turley was traded to the Athletics on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Pirates for $60,000, giving Oakland a reliable reliever for late in games after losing closer Liam Hendriks in free agency.
Turley went 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA and one save over 25 relief outings — the most by any big league rookie — spanning 21 2/3 innings for the Pirates in the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season.
The 31-year-old Turley made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2017 then didn’t pitch the next two years after working back from Tommy John surgery.
Oakland won the American League West at 36-24 for its third straight playoff berth then beat the Chicago White Sox in the wild-card round before losing in a four-game AL Division Series to rival Houston last fall.
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