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Thrifty Reds non-tender Jonny Gomes

Dec 12, 2009, 5:14 PM EDT

Jonny Gomes headshot.jpgJonny Gomes is the latest talented player to be non-tendered as the Reds cut ties with him on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Gomes was a surprise power source in ’09, hitting
.267/.338/.541 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI in just 281 at-bats. Among
NL outfielders with 250 at-bats or more, Gomes ranked 12th with a .879
OPS  — higher than the likes of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carlos
Lee, just to name a few.

Gomes should have a great deal of
appeal now that he’ll be able to negotiate with all 30 teams. He has a
.517 slugging percentage and .885 OPS against left-handers in his
career, making him a prime candidate for a platoon. His defense is
decidedly-wretched, so he’d have more value in the American League.

Though the Reds look pretty cheap
here, it’s not like they don’t have plenty of internal options to
replace him. Chris Dickerson, Wladimir Balentien, Chris Heisey and Todd
Frazier are all possibilities for left field with Gomes out of the way.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Dec 12, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    I saw Gomes play a lot last year (I live in Cincinnati), and his defense wasn’t good but wasn’t THAT bad. He’s a force against LHP, something the Reds have lacked for a while. I thought that a Gomes/Dickerson platoon made a lot of sense, especially given Dickerson’s sometimes inability to stay healthy.
    So of course they non-tendered him. On the Smart/Not Smart scale, this one veers toward Not Smart.

  2. Philadelphia SEO - Feb 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case. WoW

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