Gomes Would Likely Accept Arbitration Offer

When the Nationals acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Reds on July 26th, one consideration was the possibility of a supplemental draft pick.  Gomes projected as a Type B free agent then, and still did as of a few weeks ago.  However, Gomes wants to remain with the Nationals, and he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that if the team offers arbitration, "I'll probably take it."

In Gomes, Rick Ankiel, and Laynce Nix, the Nationals have three veteran free agent oufielders.  In the opinion of GM Mike Rizzo, "all three of them have had good solid seasons."  Gomes, 30, is hitting .209/.325/.389 with 14 home runs in 372 plate appearances this year for the Nationals and Reds.  He's shown an improved inclination to draw walks, though his power has been lacking.  As a pinch-hitter Gomes has one hit and six walks in 43 plate appearances, but as a starter he's hitting .233/.347/.436 in 329 PAs.


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