Astros fan starts GoFundMe page to buy out Carlos Gomez contract
Carlos Gomez without a doubt has so far had a disappointing 2016 season. And it’s apparently gotten so bad one Houston Astros fan believes it’s time to cut the struggling outfielder loose.
And if the Astros organization isn’t willing to foot the bill to accomplish it? Perhaps a contingent of fans could band together to help alleviate the financial burden.
Andrew Collins, an evidently passionate Astros fan, recently started a GoFundMe page with the purpose of raising the funds necessary to buy out the outfielder’s contract.
Collins sets forth the sales pitch in soliciting donations as follows:
We all love the Astros. We all know Carlos Gomez is a huge bust. Let’s pay him to leave our beloved team and city. Let’s buy out his contract and send him on his way. We can make room for quality players looking to make an impact. Our management doesn’t seem to want to budge on benching Gomez and the only reason I can think of is because they are just paying him too much. Let’s ease that stress for them by buying him out and sending him on his merry way.
Help spread the word!
Gomez’s 2016 salary is $9 million and is in the final year of a four-year, $28.3 million contract.
Collins later laid out his reasoning for starting the page when reached for comment by the Houston Chronicle’s Greg Rajan.
“I just really don’t like Carlos Gomez, man,” he said. “As far as being a fan goes, I think he showboats way too much and underperforms. I think he has all the tools to be a gifted athlete. He just can’t get his (stuff) together. I don’t think he fits on the team, either.”
Collins goes on to critique Gomez’s defensive shortcomings, but the outfielder’s production at the plate has been an utter disappointment, posting a career-worst .209 with five home runs and 28 RBI with 94 strikeouts in 277 at-bats.
Gomez was on the receiving end of a particularly critical — and unquestionably inappropriate — column from a Houston Chronicle columnist in May and it’s only gone downhill from there.
As of Wednesday morning, $152 of the $9 million goal has been raised.