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Jonny Gomes agrees to $1.1 million deal with A’s

Jan 20, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says Gomes will get $1.1 million from the A’s.

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Oakland is close to signing outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gomes struggled to find work after hitting just .209 with 14 homers and a .714 OPS in 120 games for the Reds and Nationals last season and his poor defense, high strikeout totals, and inability to consistently handle right-handed pitching make him a poor fit as an everyday player.

However, as a part-timer used primarily against left-handed pitching he remains plenty useful, hitting a combined .298 with an .875 OPS off southpaws during the past three seasons.

Both of Oakland’s projected corner outfielders, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith, are left-handed hitters, and Smith’s track record versus lefties is certainly long enough and bad enough that platooning him with Gomes would make lots of sense.

  1. dsimp724 - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Shopping brandon allen and about to sign this guy…WOw!! Is brad pitt still running this team. Who cares

  2. APBA Guy - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Well, the A’s will NOT lose a brawl in 2012. Petaluma boy comes home. He’ll be a fan favorite, especially if he decks an opposing pitcher. Take the 2 week suspension, who’ll miss him? And as an added bonus, his split against lefties is still playable, by A’s standards.

  3. whittle79 - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Bg move !! Look out !!

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Reddick has no platoon splits to speak of, and I’m including his minor league splits because he’s only had around 55 MLB plate appearances v. LHP’s. It’s Seth Smith who is a certain rally-killer should a LOOGY be called into play. A platoon of Smith / Gomes will be affordable and rake-a-licious. Good move.

  5. metalhead65 - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    wait a min. the team that invented this saber nonsense is about to sign a guy who is possibly the worst player in the game based those stats? could not happen to better team in. actually you do not even need saber to see after watching him with the reds the last 2 years that he just sucks. love his all out hustle but still the guy can’t play and thanks to dusty’s loyalty kept a promising prospect in Chris Heisey on the bench.

    • paperlions - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Saber non-sense was around making sense of baseball long before Billy Beane became a GM. If you are going to be a baseball-flatearther, at least learn the basics about what you are criticizing.

  6. phantomspaceman - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Gomes is so great that his mlb.com page has his position listed as “DH” for the Nationals.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=430404

  7. stumblebum76 - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I saw Gomes play several times for the Reds a couple of years ago. Nobody tries harder. He’s not a gazelle in the outfield, but, I’ve seen him make some pretty good catches. He’s a better hitter than he showed last season. I wish him good luck with the As.

    • metalhead65 - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      aside from the first 2 months of 2010 he was awful at the plate and yet dusty sent him out there everyday until even he could no longer defend a .197 hitter. so he put fred lewis out there instead Heisey and people wonder why reds fans do not love him as their manager.

  8. sexyrexys - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    $1.1 million SMH

  9. firemarshal1 - Jan 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Metalhead65:

    I agree brother. Hopefully the Toothpick manager can manage like in 2010, not like in 2011. No more CoCo, to blow saves in Milwaukee. I really think if the Reds can get to the National Championship series, they’ll be able sign Joey Votto long term. I think Joey just wants a commitment that the Reds will be serious contenders.

    • paperlions - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Yeah, the difference between 2010 and 2011 for the Reds was all about Dusty….it hadn’t nothing to do with how the players played….nope, player performance is totally contingent on managerialness.

      • metalhead65 - Jan 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        are you a reds fan? did you watch or listen to their games? well as a reds fan I do and can say without a doubt he was a big reason the reds were awful last year. what other manager would send a pitcher with mono out to get pounded every start?common sense says you place the guy on the dl when you find out what he has in febuary at the start of camp. that way the time he misses is early and you do not start every game he pitches down 4-0 and wear out the pen like he did. his response was he is not getting paid not to pitch. or how about the way he manages his lineup? common sense says if a guy gets 3-4 hits in a game he will start the next day right? not in dusty land! you do that or hit 3 homers in a game plan on sitting for the next week! nobody else that wins puts out a lineup based on who the other manager puts out there. it may not be his fault that stubbs strikes out 5 times a game but it is his fault when he keeps sending him out to do that! Heisey can play center and is just as fast but no he must sit. if you watched the reds you would see him keep the pitcher in 1 inning to long when everybody can see he does not have it,then watch them get torched when he sent them back out never failed. so yea he was a big part of the problem the reds sucked last year.they won in 2010 in spite of him not because of.

  10. westcoastredbird - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    He’s an excellent fit for Arby’s!

  11. ricofoy - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    You idiots don’t know what you’re talking about. If you uses Jonny wisely, as in only against southpaws, for a million bucks you have a excellent signing.

  12. bleed4philly - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    That’s the key stat right their: his #’s against lefty’s. Beane is getting alot of value here by balancing his lineup.

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