Gomes is planning on playing in 2017, although whether it's in the U.S. 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 much of a role in the States.
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.
Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes made his first start in more than a week Thursday against the Nationals.
He had not started since June 16 as the Braves faced seven right-handed starters. Although, Gomes was also dealing with a quad injury in that span.
Gomes hasn't had a multihit game since May 25. He is batting .178 (8 for 45) in that span. He also hasn't homered in 31 games (16 starts).
Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes was not in the starting lineup for the seventh-consecutive game for Wednesday's matchup at Washington, the team announced.
While Gomes has not been starting, he was able to pinch hit in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals. A quad injury has prevented Gomes from being in the lineup.
The Braves are the underdogs (+165) at Washington on Wednesday.
Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes and first baseman Freddie Freeman are being held out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets, reports MLB.com.
Gomes is dealing with a quad injury and it will be the fifth-straight game he has not started in.
Meanwhile, a wrist injury will sideline Freeman for the fourth-consecutive game Sunday. He took swings Sunday, but was still sore and he may need an MRI on Monday.
The Braves are underdogs (+125) against the Mets on Sunday.
Braves left fielder Jonny Gomes, who didn't start on Thursday against the Red Sox, entered the game as a pinch-hitter.
Gomes went 0 for 1 with a strikeout during his first action since being sidelined with a sore right quad.
Gomes was hitting .233 with two doubles and two RBI in his last 12 outings before Thursday.
Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes wasn't available to start Thursday against the Red Sox due to a sore right quad, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. However, the injury is not considered serious.
Gomes is batting .233 (7 for 30) with two doubles, two RBI, four walks, five runs and 14 strikeouts in 12 June games.
Braves left fielder Jonny Gomes will start against the Brewers on Saturday.
Gomes will be in the starting lineup for the second time in the team's last three games. He's 2 for 5 in his last two games.
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski and left fielder Todd Cunningham are getting a rest and are being held out of the lineup on Thursday against the Brewers.
Pierzynski had been behind the plate each of the last four games, but has struggled with the bat. He's hitting .185 (5 for 27) over his last seven games. He'll cede Thursday's start to rookie Christian Bethancourt.
Cunningham has been on a tear since being called up last week. In his first five games this season, the 26-year-old rookie is 9 for 19 with a pair of doubles. Nevertheless, he'll sit on Thursday with Jonny Gomes making the start in left while batting fifth.
Jonny Gomes and A.J. Pierzynski aren't in the Braves' starting lineup for Saturday's game against Washington.
Kelly Johnson gets the start in left field in place of Gomes. It's Johnson's 13th start of the year in left, one shy of Gomes' total, but it's just the second time in the last six games that Johnson has started there.
Johnson will bat cleanup.
Christian Bethancourt gets the start behind the plate in place of Pierzynski. It's his 13th start of the year at catcher. He'll bat seventh.
Braves left fielder Jonny Gomes is batting fifth for a third straight game Tuesday against the Phillies.
Chad Billingsley will be taking the mound for the Phillies for the first time this season, and it's a matchup that favors Gomes, who is 6 for 11 with a home run and four RBI in his career against the righty. The Braves outfielder has been much more successful against southpaws this season, however, and he has hit just .175/.214/.350 with two home runs in 40 at-bats against righties.
The Braves are favorites (-150) at home against the Phillies Tuesday.
Braves left fielder Jonny Gomes went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-0 win over the Reds Sunday.
Gomes has had trouble finding offense in the last few weeks, but he was slotted into the fifth spot of the lineup Sunday and delivered his first home run in more than two weeks as a result. He has hit .227/.327/.477 with three home runs and eight RBI in 44 at-bats.
Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes was in the starting lineup Thursday against the Mets for the fourth time in five games. Although, his history against Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon probably had something to do with it.
Gomes, who is better against left-handed pitchers, is batting .381 (8 for 21) with one double, one triple, three home runs and three RBI in his career against Colon.
For the season, however, Gomes is batting .158 (3 for 19) against right-handers, as opposed to .500 (3 for 6) against lefties.
Braves left fielder Jonny Gomes went 1 for 2 with a walk and four RBI in his team's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays Sunday.
Gomes opened up the scoring by clearing the bases with a three-run double in the first inning. He then chipped in his team's fifth run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, giving the Braves plenty of breathing space in the win, which pushed their record to 8-4.
Gomes has hit .261/.333/.565 with two home runs and seven RBI in 23 at-bats.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez plans to start center fielder Cameron Maybin, left fielder Jonny Gomes and catcher A.J. Pierzynski Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Marlins are opening the season with three righties on the mound, limiting Gonzalez's options in building his lineup. However, all three players are set to play Wednesday, and Maybin and Gomes could be back in the lineup Friday, with the team set to face lefty Jon Niese.
Hanley Ramirez is expected to play left field for the Red Sox this season, and a former left fielder has some advice for him.
Jonny Gomes visited JetBlue Park, where the Sox play their spring training games, as a member of the visiting Braves. A veteran of playing the Green Monster for the Sox, Gomes warned Ramirez that the replica wall in Florida is "way different" from the real thing.
"I think I played that wall pretty well," Gomes said, according to the Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato, "but I think the cat is out of the bag that that wall is way different. From the padding to the net, the dimensions, feet-wise, are the same. I wouldn’t be in any hurry to master JetBlue’s wall for Fenway’s wall, but I guess it’s a good starting point."
"There’s nothing like that in the game, nothing like that in high school, college, minor league ball," Gomes said. "You can’t just go out there and be like, ‘OK, I’ll nail this.’ There’s definitely a method to the madness."
The key, Gomes said, is for Ramirez to work hard at getting to know the Monster. "Being extremely open and having the work ethic to learn it," Gomes said. "That wall hasn’t moved in 100-plus years and balls are bouncing off that wall pretty similarly to the way they did 100 years ago. At the same time, it’s so foreign from anywhere else. It’s not like grabbing a wall and throwing a ball off it. There’s a lot to be learned off that wall."
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday outfielder Jonny Gomes could be in a "soft platoon" in left field, where he starts against all left-handed pitchers and also starts against some right-handers, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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