Gomes isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays. Gomes made his season debut Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but he'll sit once again in Monday's contest. Kurt Suzuki is starting at catcher, batting seventh.
Gomes isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees. Although manager Dave Martinez said in March that he expected Gomes to play four or five times per week this season, he hasn't been in the lineup in either of the Nationals' two games this season. Kurt Suzuki will once again start behind the plate and bat sixth. Suzuki has historically been the better hitter of the two, and the team appears to be favoring that trait over Gomes' defensive abilities over the first couple games.
Manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday that he expects Gomes to play around 4-to-5 times per week during the regular season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Though Martinez didn't say so explicitly, his division of the workload behind the plate implies that Gomes is the No. 1 catcher. Meanwhile, Martinez said that Suzuki, the other backstop on the roster, would serve as the regular battery mate for Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez. Suzuki is the superior hitter of the two, but Gomes' ability to control the run game along with his skills as a pitch framer look to be enough for him to handle the larger portion of a timeshare.
Gomes agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Nationals on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The Nationals declined the 32-year-old's $9 million club option for 2020 earlier this month but will bring him back into the fold at a more affordable price. Gomes and Kurt Suzuki are primed for another season splitting catching duties in Washington. Gomes' heavy splits (.653 OPS vs. RHP and .878 OPS vs. LHP) figure to put him on the short side of the catching platoon.
The Nationals have declined Gomes' $9 million club option for 2020, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Gomes was acquired by the Nationals from the Indians in November 2018 and was the team's Opening Day starter behind the plate, but he split starting duties with Kurt Suzuki for most of the season. Suzuki was much more successful offensively (.810 OPS vs. Gomes .705 OPS) and was the regular starter in the playoffs until an injury. Gomes remains a plus-defender and figures to receive moderate interest in free agency.