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A’s unlikely to re-sign outfielder Jonny Gomes

Oct 20, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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Chris Young’s arrival Saturday from Arizona gives Oakland a crowded outfield depth chart for 2013.

So there has to be an odd man out this winter.

According to Jane Lee of, A’s GM Billy Beane acknowledged Saturday — while making the Young trade official — that impending free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes is unlikely to be re-signed.

Gomes served as an emotional leader for the American League West champions this year while posting a cool .868 OPS in 333 plate appearances. But there simply isn’t a spot for him alongside Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick, Collin Cowgill, Coco Crisp and now Young. The 31-year-old Gomes will be in search of a multi-year deal from a new team.

  1. butchhuskey - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    This is really too bad considering Gomes was such a great part of the 2012 club. Put Gomes in against any soft tossing lefty and chances are he’ll hit a home run. However, the A’s have a lot of outfielders and right now their focus should be on improving the infield.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:39 AM

      It was a bounce back year, he was mediocre off the bench for Washington. He can easily return back to mediocrity. Not a top free agent in anyones book thats for sure.

  2. aceinthehole12 - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    I’ll miss Gomes, if he does end up getting released, but the A’s with Yoenis, Crisp, Young, Reddick and eventually Choice have a very solid outfield. Can’t wait for 2013 !

  3. killabri - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    I loved Jonny when he was with the Rays the last time around, and I think it makes perfect sense to bring him back again now. The Rays need a guy who can hit lefties, and Jonny can certainly do that. He can fill in at DH and/or play at least a competent outfield on the day lefties are pitching and he can probably be acquired within the Rays budget.

    It isn’t a sexy signing, but Jonny had a .974 OPS all told against lefthanders this year. You could do a Hell of a lot worse than that for a platoon option, especially for a team that struggled so badly against lefties like the Rays did.

  4. jakpsu1 - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Would be a great addition for a team like Pittsburgh who needs a good outfielder and leadership.

  5. scatterbrian - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    So “will have an impact” equals “unlikely”? We’re talking about Billy Beane here.

    For those who only watched the A’s in the postseason, Gomes was used primarily as a DH in a platoon with Seth Smith, and really only played LF when Cespedes was injured (still a platoon with Smith). In other words, he’s not part of the “crowded outfield”.

    As it stands, the A’s have four starting outfielders: Cespedes in LF, Crisp and Young in CF, Reddick in RF. Young is younger and is a much better defender than Crisp. He has more power and more patience, has less speed but is still a base-stealer, and he’s more strikeout prone. If anything, I would think the Young trade might make Crisp the odd man out.

    Again, this is Billy Beane. It’s foolish to look at one move and try to figure out what he’s going to do going forward. We still have five and a half months.

    • APBA Guy - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Totally agree, Brian. The offseason won’t be about just one move.

  6. bh192012 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I hope so, seems like an expensive replacement for Gomes, especially when you look at their splits. Plus you lose some of that team leadership / intangible stuff. One of them destroys lefties more (Gomes) and they both are below average vs righties. Gomes has higher OPS either way.

    Young 7.2 Million/Year 2012 (8.7 mil 2013)
    L: .267 .343 .467 .810
    R: .210 .293 .415 .707

    Gomes: 1 Million/Year 2012 (? 2013)
    L: .299 .413 .561 .974
    R: .209 .324 .391 .715

  7. omaof13 - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I want him back with the Reds I miss him a lot, that’s my Boy

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