Rays decline to offer contract to Gomes
Gomes batted .182 with eight homers and 21 RBIs in 77 games this year as the Rays won the AL pennant. He was optioned to the Triple-A Durham in August and recalled in September.
Gomes was an 18th-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2001 draft. The 28-year-old batted .235 with 66 homers and 184 RBIs in six seasons with the club.
Gomes' 21 homers in 2005 was a franchise rookie record before Evan Longoria hit 27 this year.
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