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Indians sign Yan Gomes to six-year, $23 million contract extension

Mar 29, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians have signed catcher Yan Gomes to a six-year, $23 million contract extension which includes two option years. The 26-year-old was not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. The contract buys out all three arbitration years and one year of free agency. Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Gomes’ deal is a record for a catcher not yet eligible for arbitration.

Gomes split time behind the plate last year with Carlos Santana. Santana, however, has moved to third base so Gomes should get a vast majority of the playing time as the Indians’ catcher. Gomes finished the 2013 season with an .826 OPS. According to weighted on-base average (wOBA) from FanGraphs, Gomes was the fifth-best hitting catcher in baseball, minimum 300 plate appearances. At .359, he trailed Joe Mauer, Santana, Yadier Molina, and Jason Castro. He ranked just ahead of Buster Posey.

  1. dondada10 - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    This makes Gomes the first Brazilian to ever sign a 6 year extension in MLB history.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Beat me to it.

      Congratulations to Gomes.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      “That’s right, Mr. Peabody!”
      “Quiet you!”

  2. phillysports1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Lmao @dondadda

  3. stephenolszewski - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    So I like Gomes but he hasn’t gone a full season yet as our starting catcher, but we don’t have a deal with Kipnis or Masterson (not coming back) yet….

    • paperlions - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Well, neither of those guys would be inclined to sign a deal that was even for 3 times the AAV of this deal.

      Still, this is putting a lot of faith in 1/2 year of production by a 26 yr old.

      • kruegere - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Also, Cleveland had one of the easiest schedules last year.

  4. API - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Reblogged this on MoneyAPI.

  5. straightouttavtown - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Pretty big financial commitment for a guy who has never been an everyday player. Remember Kelly Shoppach?

  6. sabresfanallday - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Was the first Brazilian even to sign a contract

  7. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Parabens Yan Gomes ! Or should I say “Congratulations Yan Gomes”! Brazil may not be a Baseball country at least “not yet” in any ways, but I’m pretty sure many Brazilians are proud of you on what you have accomplished in Baseball.

  8. janessa31888 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    I remember fondly that blast he hit to end an agonizing game which our bullpen tried three times to give away. Congrats, Yan.

  9. ggallin4evr - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    We had Andy Allanson so why sign this bum?!

  10. r8rnuck - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    good sign…his arm is greatly overlooked. he was one of the best in the league at throwing guys out

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