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Orioles interested in Jonny Gomes

Nov 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Oakland Athletics Jonny Gomes hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game in Oakland

Oakland general manager Billy Beane said last month that the A’s are unlikely to re-sign Jonny Gomes and now Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the free agent is drawing interest from the Orioles.

Gomes is overmatched as an everyday player because he’s poor defensively in the outfield and has a long history of struggling against right-handed pitching, but he’s always crushed left-handed pitching and the Orioles could use help in that department.

Gomes was a bargain for the A’s this year, hitting .262 with 18 homers and an .868 OPS in 99 games while earning just $1 million, and he’s a career .284 hitter with an .894 OPS versus lefties. As a lefty-mashing designated hitter he’s basically a perfect role player.

  1. APBA Guy - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Somehow I think the A’s will miss Gomes more than they expect this year. Looking at the performances of the A’s outfield, Jonny was consistent with his career numbers especially in a platoon context. The A’s are expecting the other outfielders to maintain their levels, which may be problematic, as we don’t have a good baseline for several of them (Reddick, Cespedes), and Moss looks to be more of a 1B going forward. It’s entirely possible that Reddick and Cespedes will actually improve (we live in hope), and Jonny was not good, shall we say, defensively. I won’t get into Gomes’ bench and clubhouse intangibles, which are apparently very strong, but the A’s were a grim bunch under Geren, and certainly less so last year under Melvin. We’ll see how much Gomes’ contributed to that vibe about mid-May.

  2. psuravens19 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I would actually be great if they signed Gomes; he seems to be a guy that would fit extremely well into the the O’s locker room. After the O’s sign Hamilton, they will be pretty LH heavy in the lineup, so this will help balance that a little.

    • rockthered1286 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Unless Hamilton comes down to earth in the ballpark of $125-135mil, they won’t sign him. I do think it’s worth their while to pursue and perhaps offer a contract that’s slightly more incentive ladden, but the only way they have a shot is if the market drops a bit. That being said, I’d like both pieces to join this clubhouse.

  3. psousa1 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I guess the Orioles are looking for a guy who wants to try to look tough standing around the pile when the benches clear.

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