Twelve years after he made his MLB debut and four years after his trade deadline deal infamously fell through, Carlos Gomez is with the Mets again.
And he's thrilled.
"It's a dream to come back to the team where everything started," Gomez told reporters on Thursday after he made his minor-league deal with New York official.
Gomez, 33, joined the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Florida, for spring training and is likely to compete for a roster spot.
"My goal is to be a part of this team, make the team and help," Gomez said in the clubhouse.
Gomez made his debut with the Mets in 2007 but was packaged in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Twins that brought Johan Santana to New York in February 2008.
He was almost traded back to the Mets at the trade deadline in 2015 when he was playing with the Brewers, however concerns about Gomez's hip injury caused a deal involving him and Wilmer Flores to fall through.
Days afterward, Gomez was ultimately traded to the Houston Astros in a six-player trade and the Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes.
Gomez played for the Astros and Rangers in 2016, Rangers in 2017 and Rays in 2018, when he hit .208/.298/.336 with nine home runs, 32 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
He said free agency was a nightmare, but given he can compete for a spot on the Mets' roster, he is hopeful in what he and the team is capable of.
"I believe," Gomez said, "what we have in this group now is a special team to win."