Gomes was reassigned to minor league camp Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Gomes started the spring strong, but his last two appearances were disasters, in particular his four-walk appearance Thursday.
Gomes gave up four runs in one inning against the Reds on Tuesday. Gomes came into the game with a 0.00 in six spring appearances. Unfortunately, Tuesday's performance will give the Cubs a good reason to send him down to the minors. Expect him to be in the next round of cuts.
Gomes threw another scoreless inning Tuesday, his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance this spring. Gomes is a non-roster invitee on a deep team, so even a 0.00 ERA is likely not going to earn him a spot on the roster, but he's pitching well enough to stick around in the organization this year. Expect him to pitch for Triple-A Iowa this year.
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.
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