Gomes is planning on playing in 2017, although whether it's in the US or in Japan is still to be determined, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. The 36-year-old last appeared in the majors back in 2015 when he was a member of the Braves and World Series-champion Royals, but he did play a bit in Japan last season. Gomes is insistent that he still has some pull power left in the tank, although it'll be tough for him to carve out a very big role in the states unless he begins to hit better than the .213 batting average he posted in 2015.
Gomes is signing with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Gomes played in 95 games in the MLB last season, moving from the Braves to the Royals last season. He hit seven home runs and added 26 RBI while hitting for a .213/.313/.347 slash line. His move to Japan should be a big boost for the Golden Eagles, who finished in last place in the Pacific League last season.
Gomes' club option for 2016 was declined by the Royals Thursday, making him a free agent. Gomes played sparingly with the Royals and Braves this season, recording a .213/.313/.347 slash line and seven home runs in 225 at-bats. While the 34-year-old might live in infamy due to a "mic drop" during the Royals' World Series parade, he's unlikely to gain any fantasy relevance with his career seemingly winding to a conclusion. Gomes will likely provide organizational depth for an outfield-needy team in the offseason, but he shouldn't be counted on for fantasy purposes.
Royals outfielder Jonny Gomes was a late addition to Thursday's lineup against the White Sox, MLB.com reported. Gomes will replace Alex Rios in right field due to Rios' sore back. However, it's unlikely his presence in the lineup will be consistent moving forward. He will bat eighth in Rios' place.
The Royals have acquired veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Braves, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. In 82 games with Atlanta this season, Gomes was hitting .223 with seven home runs and 22 RBI. He will give the Royals some depth in the outfield and off the bench as they get ready for a likely postseason run. Gomes has been to the playoffs several times in his career, and is 7 for 49 lifetime in the postseason. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013. In return, the Braves will receive minor-league infielder Luis Valenzuela, Heyman adds. Valenzuela has been playing with the Royals' rookie league team and Class A affiliate in Lexington. Overall this season, he is batting .364/.385/.502 in 209 at-bats.