Discussion: Jonny Gomes

As teams scour what's left on the free agent market during the dog days of January, they'll be hard-pressed to find a better power hitter from the right side than Jonny Gomes. The 29-year-old hit 20 homers in just 314 plate appearances for the Reds last season, and over the last five years he's averaged close to 30 bombs per 162 games.

Cincinnati non-tendered Gomes instead of giving him a significant raise (through arbitration) over the pro-rated $600K salary he earned in 2009. He owns a career .274/.369/.517 batting line versus left handers, though he doesn't do much beyond mash southpaws. He doesn't steal bases, and his outfield defense can be charitably described as awful

The Cubs filled their outfield hole by agreeing to deal with Xavier Nady earlier in the week, and the Yankees did the same by inking Randy Winn today. With his options drying up, do MLBTR's readers see any potential fits for Gomes? Maybe Atlanta or Seattle? 


Leave a Reply

68 Comments on "Discussion: Jonny Gomes"


Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

I think better fit with Atlanta considering Heyward will be ready in June and he got power.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Not sure about that but I will say this:

Johnny’s can’t get signed this off-season

Johnny Damon
Jonny Gomes
Johnny Smoltz

Whats going on here!?!?

I think Gomes would be a good fit on the Tigers.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

That’s funny.

FredD6
5 years 7 months ago

The Angels need a 4th OF (Sorry Reggie Willits is a bum) and he could be good insurance if Rivera/Abreu/Matsui get injured.

5 years 7 months ago

I like the Braves on this one, though I really expected the Yankees to get involved in this one. I guess he may have been out of their price range, but I don’t see Atlanta spending more than 2-3 million on Gomes… It will be interesting to see where he ends up. His defense is quite terrible… I don’t know that they’d choose Gomes over Damon, if the reason they don’t want Damon has to do with his arm… Gomes can barely catch the ball.

RogertheCabinBoy
5 years 7 months ago

I understand that Gomes is a butcher with a glove in the outfield, but he can flat rake, especially vs. lefties. Maybe some work at 1b and he becomes a very productive platoon player and bat off the bench in Citifield. Heaven knows the Mets could use some juice on that anemic bench, and with Delgado a DH, power may be scarce.

goldenglove002
5 years 7 months ago

Don’t like Atlanta as a fit. I think the reason we were able to look at Damon as a fit for them was because of his ability to hit at the front of the lineup, therefore boosting the lineup by pushing McLouth down and having someone on base more often infront of the big bats. They don’t really NEED another OF bat if it is not going to improve the lineup.

RogertheCabinBoy
5 years 7 months ago

I understand that he’s a butcher in the OF. Perhaps some work at 1b might make him at least servicable there, and a very productive power bat off the bench and half of a platoon there at Citifield.

WisBrave
5 years 7 months ago

I’m sure he’ll find a spot on someones bench. But I doubt Atlanta.

Hinlti
5 years 7 months ago

Maybe Chicago as part of the rotating-dh scheme.

athensmatt
5 years 7 months ago

i don’t think mah braves would pick this off the scrap heap. why? plenty of reasons:

-they already have plenty of outfielders. good defensive ones, too.
-it’s been recently written and posted on mlbtraderumors that the braves aren’t going after johnny damon because his arm sucks, he’s not versatile enough, and he’s gonna be too expensive. those first two reasons can be said about gomes.
-mah braves already have an outfielder who can hit lefties: matt diaz. diaz may not hit as many home runs, but he strikes out about half the time as gomes does, he plays better defense (maybe not gold glove defense but it’s better than gomes), and hits for a much much higher average than gomes.

CAREER STATS:
Gomes against RHP: .224 BA
Diaz against RHP: .276 BA

Gomes against LHP: .274 BA
Diaz against LHP: .347 BA

if the braves were to go out and actually sign gomes, where would they put him? he’d be nothing but a bench player, and the braves have their bench pretty much set with infante, hinske, ross, and whoever that 4th outfielder is from the group of diaz/cabrera/heyward/mclouth.

5 years 7 months ago

Why not back in Cincy for the right price? I could see that happening if he goes cheaply.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t see Atlanta as a fit for Gomes as he is a worse version of Diaz:

Diaz-
2009 vsLHP: .412/.464/.640/1.103 25HR/162G
Career vsLHP: .347/.384/.537/.921 23HR/162G
UZR/150 in LF: +6.2
Not an auto out vsRHP (2009): .349 OBP
Some speed: ~15 SB per season

Gomes-
2009 vsLHP: .307/.369/.545/.914 29HR/162G
Career vsLHP: .274/.369/.517/.885 32HR/162G
UZR/150 in LF: -25.7
Lower OBP vsRHP (2009): .320 OBP
Less speed: ~5-10 SB per season

Gomes will hit more HR than Diaz but he hits for a lower average, gets on base less, slugs less, an easier out vsRHP, has less speed, and is a worse fielder.

And the Braves already have a full bench with:

Infante UTL
Ross C
Cabrera 4OF
Hinske Corners/PH
Thurston INF

There just isn’t room or a need for Gomes on the Braves in my opinion.

athensmatt
5 years 7 months ago

yep yep you right on bbxxj! check out my post from earlier!

5 years 7 months ago

Where does he fit in Atlanta? The club has all but come out and just blatently say they’re counting on him winning the job, though it was reported by MSNBC that they’re going in with a “It’s his to lose” approach.” They have McClouth in Center, hopefully Diaz in Left and Melky currently as the 4th. A platoon with Diaz doesn’t work as they both mash lefties. Barring him deciding to give 1B a shot there isn’t a spot for him now.

WestWisconsinSports
5 years 7 months ago

kinda makes me wish the twins picked up Gomes instead of Thome.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

NPB. With his power, he might be a megastar over there as a DH.

lefty177
5 years 7 months ago

what’s npb?

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Nippon Professional Baseball or Japan’s MLB

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Dodgers would be a good fit. They have no reliable #4 OF right now and if Andre Ethier’s struggles vs. LHP continue, Gomes would be an excellent platoon partner.

bannister19
5 years 7 months ago

If the Royals can find a way to get rid of Gullien, he’d be an excellent DH fit. (Though, having already added 4 outfielders this off-season, and currently having 7 on the 25 man roster, it’ll be amusing)

5 years 7 months ago

The Rays could bring him back. He’d be better than Matt Joyce. Wouldn’t mind him as a 4th outfielder on the Sox as we’re low on power and Jones and Quentin are injury risks.

5 years 7 months ago

But I’d prefer Eric Byrnes. Gomes strikes out a bit too much for as little as he walks and is a poor defender.

5 years 7 months ago

as long as Damon is still out there I don’t see the Mariners making a move for him because of his defense.

5 years 7 months ago

Damon’s arm + Safeco Field= Alot of runners scoring from 2B on singles and going 1st to 3rd that normally wouldn’t even try it. His range is alright but he is the anti-Ichiro throwing.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

…and the fact that poor Mr. Wilson’s defense will suffer because he will be exausted from running out to LF so Damon can hand the ball to him.

jackiezforprez
5 years 7 months ago

Mariners are going to sign either damon or gomes. They need a legimate power threat to appease the fan base and watch orlando hudson goin to the m’s. Twins may sign him and trade him to the M’s for jose lopez who they like a whole lot more.

gillieg
5 years 7 months ago

I was thinking possibly the Mets at 1B, considering his abilities as an OF are pretty bad. The Mets also desperately need a power hitter at 1B, with Delgado unlikely to return to the team. Give him a low base salary with some incentives, and you have a low risk, high reward situation.