Jonny Gomes’ 2011 Option

Jonny Gomes has already set career highs in games (126), plate appearances (482), runs (63), hits (112), doubles (22) and RBI (77). Reds manager Dusty Baker has been calling on Gomes more than ever and the left fielder has seen his slash line dip, possibly because he's facing more right-handed pitching than usual. Gomes' .262/.328/.436 line is about average, but his power has dropped off this year, especially in the second half.

The Reds can retain him for $1.75MM in 2011 or buy him out for $200K. They don't have the option of turning the option down and trying to re-sign him more cheaply through arbitration; Cincinnati must release the 29-year-old if they turn his option down. The Reds could sign Gomes after releasing him, but all 30 teams would be able to make bids, too.

Despite Gomes' struggles against right-handed pitching and less-than-brilliant defense (he posted negative UZRs every year from 2005-10), the Reds will likely have some interest in retaining him for a net cost of $1.55MM. However, they non-tendered him last winter after a season in which he hit 20 homers and posted an .879 OPS, so history suggests they aren't afraid of letting Gomes hit the open market. What do you think the Reds will do? Click here to take the survey and here to view the results.


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23 Comments on "Jonny Gomes’ 2011 Option"


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bbxxj
4 years 9 months ago

I would lean toward picking up the option. He still has value against lefties with a .285/.386/.474/.860 vsLHP and they can protect him against tougher righties that might give him problems with Laynce Nix who has OPSed over .800 vsRHP the last two years (445 total PA) who plays much better defense.

I’m not sure why Dusty doesn’t play Nix more in place of Gomes against righties this year even when Nix plays better defense.

Another option would be to let Gomes go and just play the better defense and upside of Chris Heisey next year in LF.

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4 years 9 months ago

Agreed but also look at the fact that Harang is coming off the books this year, with possibly Arroyo as well (although I’d like the Reds to retain him if possible).

I love Gomes but if we can take some extra money and look into someone like Carl Crawford (not going to happen but used as an example) then I’d be ok with that. Heisey has proven so far that he deserves a much harder look in the big leagues too though.

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4 years 9 months ago

Gomes is underrated. He makes for a good cheap platoon player. Pick up the option because other teams will sign him to a guaranteed deal.

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4 years 9 months ago

Depending on how far the Reds make it in the playoffs, they may have some extra cash to spend. Too early to speculate.

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mattdgroves
4 years 9 months ago

Trade him for Rasmus :)

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4 years 9 months ago

I sure would not mind that Reds Killer on the Team next year.

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RedbirdRuffian
4 years 9 months ago

Easy call, pick up the option at that price. He’s a productive player and the Reds don’t have a better option waiting in the wings. They are still waiting on the development of Bruce and Stubbs. That’s the problem with young potentially talented players, it takes a lot of patience to see who will pan out and who will fail. and he the only way to find out is to put them on the field.