After splitting time between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics in 2014, free agent Jonny Gomes is reportedly headed to the Atlanta Braves.
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Braves and Gomes Agree to Deal
Thursday, Jan. 22
Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reported the Braves an Gomes have agreed to a deal:
Tim Brown @TBrownYahoo
Source: Jonny Gomes has a deal with the Atlanta Braves.2015-1-23 01:16:50
Braves Interested in Gomes
Tuesday, Jan. 20
MLB.com's Mark Bowman provided the news:
Mark Bowman @mlbbowman
The #Braves are still pursuing Jonny Gomes. He's a potential option to platoon with Almonte in LF.2015-1-20 22:44:22
Gomes hit a combined .234/.327/.330 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 112 games between the Red Sox and A's last season.
It was a decidedly underwhelming campaign, but he still has some power, and he hits left-handed pitching very well. For his career, he has a .277/.376/.485 slash line against lefties, compared to just .222/.307/.415 vs. right-handers, per Baseball-Reference.com.
As Bowman noted, that makes him a logical platoon partner with the switch-hitting Zoilo Almonte, whose two career home runs have both come against right-handed hitters.
Moreover, Gomes is a known positive presence in the clubhouse. In 2013, Will Middlebrooks talked about the 34-year-old's effect on the team, via MLB.com's Ian Browne:
He's fun guy who brings a lot of intensity, a lot of confidence, and he's just a sparkplug that kind of rubs off on everybody. He's not a guy that's always going to speak up and be a vocal leader, but he's going to show you through his actions. He's a very confident guy. He plays 110 percent—every play. That rubs off on all of us. We all want to play like that.
Ultimately, Gomes' eventual signing won't have a huge effect on the league. But he's a veteran presence who can be beneficial for a young team, which the Braves have, and he's a solid situational player who can serve as a decent fourth or fifth outfielder, which the Braves need, with Nick Markakis recovering from offseason neck surgery.
Perhaps most importantly, he'll come with a low price tag.