Gomes has received an invitation to the Cubs' spring training. Gomes posted a 4.27 ERA in 63 appearances for Tampa Bay in 2015 primarily as a middle reliever in low-pressure situations. The 31-year-old will have the opportunity to make an impression on the Cubs' organization in spring training, but based on his career numbers and trends it is unlikely that he makes the roster out of camp.
Gomes agreed to a minor league deal with the Cubs on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Gomes had previously been in Tampa Bay, where he worked to a 4.27 ERA with a 44:15 K:BB ratio in 59 innings last season. He'll serve as bullpen depth within the organization but it doesn't appear as though he'll start the year in the majors.
Gomes was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. The 31-year-old made 62 appearances for Tampa Bay last season, posting a 1.19 WHIP and a swinging-strike rate over 11 percent, but it was not enough to maintain his spot at last week's Rule 5 roster deadline. Gomes could still attend spring training as a non-roster invitee, but he figures to have to bide his time at Durham to start the year.
Gomes was designated for assignment on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports. The Rays needed to clear space on the 40-man roster, so Gomes may not have much of a future with the big league club in Tampa Bay. Look for the veteran reliever to continue to bounce back and forth between the minors and majors, pitching primarily in low-leverage situations.
Rays pitcher Brandon Gomes allowed one hit over a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Yankees en route to his first save of the season. Brad Boxberger had pitched on back-to-back days and three of the last four days prior to Tuesday's game, so he was likely unavailable. Boxberger has been pretty bad down the stretch, posting a 4.79 ERA over the second half, so it would not be surprising if the Rays opted for a closer-by-committee approach over the final weeks of the season, meaning Gomes could be called upon again.