Originally written November 22, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Jonny Gomes isn't the most talented player available on the free agent market, but he is widely regarded as being among the most personable. For the reloading Boston Red Sox, that's an important quality. And so, on the eve of Thanksgiving, the Red Sox reportedly signed Gomes to a two-year contract worth $10 million. Likewise, the role for Gomes remained unclear. A part-time player for most of his 10-year career, Gomes plays both left field and right field, though his defense isn't particularly good. But his right-handed swing and pull power could make him a good fit at Fenway Park. Perhaps Gomes' most attractive trait is his leadership and charisma. He's known as a positive clubhouse presence, something that has been lacking for the Red Sox for the past two seasons. Gomes, who turned 32 on Thanksgiving, enjoyed something of a career revival last season with the Oakland Athletics, batting .262 with 18 homers, 47 RBI and a career-high .377 on-base percent...
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