Aug 17, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Jonny Gomes (15) slides into second base on a fielding error by Atlanta Braves second baseman Phil Gosselin (not pictured) in the sixth inning of their game at Turner Field. The Braves won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
I can hear the groans now. Gomes batted .234 with 6 HRs in 2014. But the 34-year old veteran could be the answer the Mariners are looking for. Gomes can platoon in right, left and at DH while primarily being used against left-handed starters.
Gomes is a career .244 hitter but posts a career slash of .277/.376/.485 against lefties with an OPS+ of 122.
He also posts significantly better numbers when playing right field versus playing left or as a DH. (.267 AVG as a RF, .255 as LF and .224 as DH).
Because Gomes had such a down year in 2014, his price should be fairly low. He’ll probably only want a one or two year deal in hopes of bouncing back and getting one last big deal before he retires.
He could also just want one three or four year deal at modest money now.
Either way, he would be a steal, especially if the Mariners can’t trade for a right-handed outfielder.
Black Friday Price: 2 years/$7M