A day before his 32nd birthday—and Thanksgiving—Jonny Gomes has plenty to be thankful for, agreeing a two-year deal worth $10 million with the Red Sox, CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller confirms. The deal is pending paperwork and a physical, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Gomes was primarily a designated hitter last season for Oakland but also started 25 games in left field and three more in right. With David Ortiz re-signed, there’s no question Gomes will not be a designated hitter, instead filling in in left field, in a platoon position at the very least. Eight different players started games in left field for the Red Sox in 2012, with Daniel Nava leading the way with 66 starts. Others were Carl Crawford (30), Scott Podsednik (28), Cody Ross (19), Darnell McDoanld (16), Ryan Kalish (one), Pedro Ciriaco (one) and Lars Anderson (one).
Nava and Kalish return and should be in the mix to start in left field, assuming Ryan Sweeney is the starter in right. Nava is a switch hitter, and Kalish is a left-handed batter.
Gomes hit .262/.377/.491 with 18 home runs and 47 RBI in 333 plate appearances for the A’s last season. Gomes, who has also played for the Rays, Reds and Nationals, absolutely crushes left-handed pitchers. Last season he hit .299/.413/.561 against lefties and in his career, he’s hit .284/.382/.512 against lefties, versus .223/.307/.425 against right-handers.
Posted: November 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM | 67 comment(s)
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