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A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:27 pm
 
Jonny GomesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Jonny Gomes is headed home. The Petaluma, Calif, native has agreed to a deal with the Oakland A's, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Gomes, 31, will serve as a designated hitter and extra outfielder for the A's, especially against left-handed pitching. In his career, Gomes has crushed lefties to a tune of .281/.375/.501, while hitting .224/.306/.427 against right-handed pitchers and .242/.299/.366 overall.

Last season Gomes hit .209/.325/.389 with 14 homers for the Reds and Nationals in 120 games and 372 plate appearances.

Gomes hit 21 homers as a rookie in 2005 with Tampa Bay and 20 the next season, but as the team improved his playing time dwindled. He was inactive for the 2008 postseason run and signed with the Reds aftr the season. He hit 20 homers in his first season at Great American Ball Park. He was traded to Washington in July.

Gomes is also considered one of the best clubhouse guys in the game. Even though he wasn't on the Rays' active roster in 2008, he was the team's biggest cheerleader from the bench. He was also seen as a positive influence on some of the younger players as the Reds won their division in 2010. He could take over the "good guy" role in Oakland that Hideki Matsui held last season.

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Comments

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:44 pm
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

good guys always finish last



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:05 am
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

Maybe the As should sign Juan Pierre. He's a good guy too!



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:13 am
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

I love Jonny Gomes with the Rays and the Reds. He hustles on every play and while not the best player in the game he gives you 110% which is more than can be said of some of the big names. Good luck Jonny!



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:41 pm
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

Oakland has a "good guy" role on their team.  How sweet.




Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:04 pm
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

Really hoped the Reds had a little money left to bring Johnny back. He does enough to be a good 4th or 5th outfielder off the bench.
Certainly wish him well in Oakland




Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:02 pm
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

How many 4th-5th outfielders can you put on one team?  I'm fine with rebuilding with an eye on a new stadium, but the A's have a number of young DH types and a couple of young outfielders.  If you're going to be bad, why not let te kids play rather than signing marginal major leaguers?  I'm starting to believe the rumour mongers that say that the A's are simply trying to lose this season so that they have an even lower attendance, forcing MLB to finally address their stadium/relocation issues.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:59 pm
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

What baseball story will Hollywood turn to next? The Chicago Cubs success story? Hey Hollywood, Money ball is a complete and utter failure. Billy Beane and the A's management is the laughing stock of the American League that is not named the Baltimore Orioles.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:07 pm
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

Fans in Cincinnati LOVED Jonny Gomes....while he was hitting .260 and popping some homers that would be warning track outs in 90% of other parks, including his new team's. Not so much love though, when he was hitting .200...Gomes DOES hustle...which means he usually runs as hard as he can, sometimes, not to get to a ball he misplays into a double, and he does get back to the dugout quicker than most on a popup or groundout.

Gomes DOES also take some walks, and doesn't make much money, playing into the "Moneyball" script.

If the A's choices are cheap bad players with good attitudes that hustle, or cheap bad players with bad attitudes who are lazy, they made the right choice with Jonny Gomes. 

If the A's ownership is unwilling to take a chance on spending enough to get better, it might be better business to sell the team to someone that will....or move the team somewhere that might support a MLB roster, instead of trying to budget for a roster the attendance will support.




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:45 pm
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

I would rather have a bunch of jerks that will win me a world series, than a bunch of good guys who finish last. Don't we know nice guys finish last?




Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:29 pm
 

A's agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

Trent,

Are you an idiot or was that just a slip of the keyboard? "Good Guy" role? Totally idiotic thing to say.  


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