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The Red Sox have too many holes in their roster to fill them all with high-profile players. That helped lead them to journeyman outfielder Jonny Gomes, who on Wednesday agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $10 million.
The contract is pending a physical.
Gomes, who turns 32 on Thanksgiving, hit .262 with an .868 OPS for Oakland last season. He had 18 home runs and 47 RBIs in 333 plate appearances.
The righthanded hitter has traditionally hit well against lefthanders. He is best suited as a platoon player but was Cincinnati’s full-time left fielder in 2010.
While Gomes could be the regular left fielder, the Sox also have lefthanded-hitting Ryan Kalish and switch hitter Daniel Nava on their roster.
Gomes hit .299 with a .974 OPS against lefthanders last season in 164 at-bats. He hit .209 with a .715 OPS against righthanders in 115 at-bats.
Globe: Sox sign Gomes
A bit of an overpay for Gomes, who was looking for $2-$3 million, but with the market going a little ridiculous (like Torii Hunter's 2-year deal) and the Sox have so much money to burn, so it's not a drastic overpay. Although, Cody Ross must appreciate this deal and sees this as a starting point for any other negotiations.
Gomes is best known for being part of being part of the mugging of Coco Crisp back in 2008. Crisp must have forgiven him since they were teammates with Oakland last season, and that whole team appeared to be a tight knit group.
Going back to Cody for a second, this signing doesn't necessarily mean he's gone. He would still be a good fit for this team as Gomes is ideally the team's fourth outfielder. Someone who can mash lefties and pepper the Monster as part of a platoon (hopefully) alongside Ryan Kalish. The Sox continue to get high character guys and if they have to spend a little more to bring them in, that's fine by me. I'd rather overspend on Gomes than spend $15 million on someone like Hiroki Kuroda.
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Rest of the Links: Globe: Yankees sign Kuroda | Herald: Sox get a good guy in Gomes | CSNNE:Sox sign Gomes for two-year deal | WEEI: Sox land Gomes
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