Athletics, Jonny Gomes Nearing Deal

The A's are nearing a deal with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A deal with the ACES client could be completed by Monday.

Conor Jackson and Johnny Damon were also considerations for the A's, who were looking for an outfielder capable of hitting left-handers, according to Slusser. GM Billy Beane has traded for Seth Smith and Josh Reddick and re-signed Coco Crisp this offseason to build his 2012 outfield.

Gomes, 31, posted a .209/.325/.389 line with 14 homers in 372 plate appearances for the Reds and Nationals in 2011. The Petaluma, California native has a career .311/.407/.456 line against left-handed pitching, so his skillset should complement left-handed hitting outfielders such as Smith and Reddick.

103 Responses to Athletics, Jonny Gomes Nearing Deal Leave a Reply

  1. melonis_rex 4 years ago

    Seriously? Mediocre outfielders/DHs: Collect them all! 

  2. Jonny Gomes + chris carter = jack cust

  3. joeybw 4 years ago

    I liked Gomes when the Rays got in a fight. Otherwise, well, call me crazy but I am not a huge fan of bad defense and strike outs.

  4. damn just when it looked like Michael Taylor would get some PA’s this year..

    • joeybw 4 years ago

      Does he hit righties? Because Gomes doesn’t and Taylor’s chances wont go down if he can hit righties.

  5. i think you meant: Gomes – Carter + a cheeseburger = Cust

  6. Guest 4 years ago

    Bob Melvin’s gonna be like a kid in a candy store putting lineups together with this years roster.

  7. Roberto Rivera 4 years ago

    I can’t wait to see the scene in Moneyball 2 where Billy Beane explains to his scouts why Jonny Gomes is the solution to Oakland’s offensive woes. The blackboard will repel the magnetized card with Gomes’ name on it and take out Jonah Hill’s eye.

  8. czontixhldr 4 years ago

    Hey, what gives? has Gomes splits against LHP as


    • Alex Foltz 4 years ago

      looks like they accidentally posted his 2011 LHP splits, but labeled them his career LHP splits.

  9. corey23 4 years ago

    It’s hard to be an A’s fan.

    • Chioakcisco 4 years ago

      Join the club.

      • can i join the club my best frind pete knows more then any of us he’s the only one that knows anything don’t make him look up the obp and tell us how grate barton is

  10. joeybw 4 years ago

    Gomes and Crisp threw a lot of punches back in 08 when Shields hit Crisp. Now they will share a dugout. Should be interesting.

  11. J.j. Miller 4 years ago

    minor league deal for gomes? surprised A’s would pass on jackson since bob melvin loves him

    seems like A’s have no interest in giving taylor/carter/allen chances

    • Iconoclast17 4 years ago

      So, Carter and Taylor will likey start the season in Sacramento if they aren’t traded. Barton may get one last chance. Stay tuned.

  12. lol i bet he and smith dh and play outfild and chris cater starts out in aaa

  13. philliesfan136 4 years ago

    What happened to going young? Thought Cowgill, Taylor, etc. would get playing time this season.

    • Smith, Crisp, Gomes, and Colon are all sign-and-trade players. Beane/Forst will try to squeeze whatever low-level prospects they can get out of them.  Plus, most of them are there to bridge-the-gap until some prospect can replace them.  (i.e. Colon until Peacock/Parker/Gray can sub in midseason)

      • Iconoclast17 4 years ago

        Not necessarily. Beane didn’t trade any of DeJesus, Willingham Crisp, McCarthy last season. Harden was the only one who came close (Boston) to being shipped out. I could see most of the aforementioned players finishing the season in Oakland.

        • TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

          There was no turn around on those players. Under the old CBA chances were we were going to get a few draft picks. BB most likely knew he was going to ship Cahill an Gio that’s why he jus sat on them until the end. The only guy u named that had some logic would be McCarthy and knowing he was going to trade the others it made no sense. Somebody has to pitch.

        • TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

          There was no turn around on those players. Under the old CBA chances were we were going to get a few draft picks. BB most likely knew he was going to ship Cahill an Gio that’s why he jus sat on them until the end. The only guy u named that had some logic would be McCarthy and knowing he was going to trade the others it made no sense. Somebody has to pitch.

        • gmenfan 4 years ago

          I can’t imagine there was a long list of suitors for DeJesus or Crisp given their below average seasons(well below average in the case of DeJesus). Willingham should have been traded hand down, although the return wouldn’t have been anything incredible. As Pete said, McCarthy still has value to gain if he starts out hot this year so it made sense to hold on there.

      • gmenfan 4 years ago

        Exactly ! Fans freaking out as if Colon and Gomes will be on the roster for the next four years or something. I don’t think this comes as any shocking news to most, but with the top-heavy AL West, the A’s are realistically going to be fighting for 3rd place in the division this year. Why not stock up on low risk players now, cross your fingers that they catch fire before the deadline, and ship them off to a contender for some prospects ? No shame there.

  14. Dear Billy Beane,

    Same story year after year with this team.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      he doesn’t want them to learn how to hit


    • Iconoclast17 4 years ago


      Does the name Jemile Weeks ring a bell? And, Cowgill/Reddick are younger than Taylor. Carter is not a position player.

      • Jemile Weeks is a perfect example. They dealt Ellis to make room for Weeks’ ABs and what happens??? Conversely, when Carter and Taylor first had a chance to break through they go out and add guys like Piazza, Matsui, and Willingham(just to name a few), and now it looks like those guys may never establish themselves in the big leagues. Obviously, top prospects disappoint all the time, but when you’re dealing premier talent like Hudson, Mulder, Haren, Gonzalez, Cahill, Blanton, Street, Bailey, you have to expect the players you get in return to perform, and the only way they can perform is by getting ABs IN THE BIG LEAGUES.

  15. dc21892 4 years ago

    Gomes would have been a nice RH option against lefties for Boston.

  16. Iconoclast17 4 years ago

    Like the Gomes signing, especially since he is a local. So, we have Crisp, Reddick, Smith, Gomes and maybe Cowgill as a 5th OF. Gomes will likely spend some time at DH v lefties as well. Now, sign a 1B’man (and another inexpensive starter?) and we’re about set.


    • TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

      First is probably the only place we DON’T need help. We will probably get rid of one of the current ones anyways. If we could grab a true 3b that is young we won’t be horrible.

  17. nice, who’s next Milton Bradley, Manny Ramirez?  the only plus to Gomes is that he can scrap if there’s ever a benches clearing brawl….

    • Iconoclast17 4 years ago

      I don’t get the negativity with these signings.

      • They have guys who are cheaper, younger and have some upside. I would rather watch Michael Taylor struggle than Gomes struggle.

        • Iconoclast17 4 years ago

          Cheaper is irrelevant. The A’s have to spend at least to what MLB would consider a minimum amount for their welfare check.

          Some guys…outside of Taylor who are you talking about?

          And, Gomes is a proven major leaguer, not so with Taylor and especially Carter. Allen is on the block.


      • Gomes has a nice career avg against leftys :)

    • Chioakcisco 4 years ago

      After the way the trade for Milton Bradley backfired, I doubt the A’s want him back…

  18. OaklandFan22 4 years ago

    i like this guy sign him long term! 

  19. Guest 4 years ago

    It’s pretty ridiculous that in a post about a near agreement with Jonny Gomes — which isn’t a bad signing, and is very low risk — you have more people posting about how much they hate Barton and Carter, than people posting about Gomes.

    One gem of a post just said “Trade Barton.” Right out of nowhere. No good reason. Probably just intentionally trying to stir people up.

    Seriously. Where did all these trolls and incessant whiners come from? I don’t remember there being nearly this many on here last year.

  20. so if we trade brandon allen i know the yankees are looking for a cheap dh what about phil hughes or to the pirates for padro alverez i would hope it is a good trad like that. i think jonny gomes will see alot of time at dh and some outfild billy beane said seth smith will see alot of at bats aginst LHP.

    • Iconoclast17 4 years ago

      I think your right about Gomes and Smith. This team isn’t going to as bad as we feared. It is ironic though that the A’s will end up with Parker and Milone (at least) in Oakland this year and vets (again) at DH and in the outfield.

      Trading Allen likely means Beane has his eye on another low cost FA to play first, with Barton as the back-up plan.

    • OaklandFan22 4 years ago

      i wouldnt mind pedro alvarez that might be a possibility 

  21. Jesse Heiman 4 years ago

    Gomes…it s your birthday

  22. safari_punch 4 years ago

    The A’s are going places now. Good job BB.

  23. corey23 4 years ago

    yes. I have no idea what a platoon is.  Not the slightest clue, I’m glad you drew that conclusion from what I said.

  24. You hella right.

  25. This is going to mess with his awesome UZR chart though.

  26. This is going to mess with his awesome UZR chart though.

  27. monroe_says
    monroe_says 4 years ago

    Unfortunately, a platoon requires Jonny to play the A’s spacious outfield, essentially neutralizing whatever offensive upside he brings to the table.

  28. monroe_says
    monroe_says 4 years ago

    Unfortunately, a platoon requires Jonny to play the A’s spacious outfield, essentially neutralizing whatever offensive upside he brings to the table.

  29. and carters not you are not going to tell me he is better then allen and i bet gomes will dh also allen is young to why are you so aginst him with out giving him a chance but love carter wich is slow and will never cach up to mlb pitching he is just to slow

  30. Derek Florko 4 years ago

    this optimism makes me smile

  31. Iconoclast17 4 years ago

    Agree Carter is no lock for DH, he can’t hit, field or run either. Taylor at least has skills, but BB is on record as saying Michael will have to prove it AAA first.

  32. Iconoclast17 4 years ago

    What about them?

  33. It sounded like he didn’t like the trading of Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey in a 3 week span. It also sounded like he didn’t like trading Carlos Gonzalez and Andre Ethier. It also sounded like someone who is not excited about the prospect of having our topper hitter(s) being a platoon combo (Smith and Gomes). That’s what it sounded like.

  34. I did. Jonny Gomes is more of a symptom than a signing. The A’s are diseased. I have loved the team since I was a kid and the past 5 years (and parts of the last decade and a half) have been painful. Let’s not forget that the A’s signed Colon on the same day the Nats gave Gio (our GIO!) a 5 year extension. So yea, I read into what he was saying.

  35. cool man! who cares! i don’t this is not school im not being graded for it whats it matter we all no that your always write and no one els knows what they are talking about i only hope i know has much has you do someday

  36. thanks man i would rather see taylor play over carter anyday i hope we don’t trade allen but if we do i wonder if the yankees would trade phil hughes for him i wished we would trade carter,and barton like we did that loser ryan swingles 

  37. TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

    In what league does your DH field? And I’m pretty sure David Ortiz isn’t no speedster but I think he has a legit shot and having DH on lock.

  38. OaklandFan22 4 years ago

    hahah scott sizemore is that a joke?

  39. michael hughes 4 years ago

    Ugh. I can’t believe I actually just read that. That was truly terrible. I also hope that someday you know half as much as he does.

  40. TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

    Until you change your username you have no room to make fun of any language or slang. Just saying

  41. me 2 you must be a barton / carter fan to or are you talking a bout my awsome grammmer any ways thanks for your support your the best

  42. i agree 100%

  43. but he can hit mlb pitching carter is to slow he is a slug

  44. Guest 4 years ago

    I love how you have your mind completely made up about a player who has only had 124 major league plate appearances.

    It’s a wonder you don’t have a job as a talent evaluator.

  45. TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

    Ok I think I understand your writing, probably because it was only one sentence; thank god. But there is no way u can say carter cant hit MLB pitching Because of the sample size. Ortiz didn’t hit over 20 jacked until his 7 season and 4th with over 300 PA. Sign him off If you want but until you learn that the . And , are on the bottom right hand side of the keyboard I dont think u should even be typing let alone analyzing.

  46. Guest 4 years ago

    The A’s got a tremendous package for “our Gio.” Stop whining about it like he’s irreplaceable.

    And they never would have had Gio in the first place if they didn’t trade Nick Swisher for a really nice package that included him in it.

    And I’ll bet anything that you’re still sour about that trade, as well.

  47. Guest 4 years ago

    It sounds like you’re more concerned with the names on the back of the jerseys, than you are with the name on the front of the jersey (Athletics).

    Some fan.

    If you can’t understand the need for them to rebuild, you might as well move on. There’s plenty of room on the Yankees and Red Sox bandwagons for people who get attached to individual players.

  48. man im probly alot oder then you and also it would be the future of canada if i was not so old

  49. i know i hope one day i will 

  50. michael hughes 4 years ago

    I’m not a grammar freak or anything; it’s just that that sentence was legitimately hard to understand.

  51. yea man im 34 

  52. its all good man i just dont under stand why pete always thinks he is write? i think its funny he thinks im 14 i wish i was i am married with 2 kids .just want to talk oakland athletics baseball im done arguing with him he has his op and i have mine and i will just leave it at the end of the day were all A’s fans

  53. it’s all good i just think pete needs to quit acting like his op is the only one that matters and is write .it is funny he thinks im 14 i wished i was im married with 2 kid’s just wanting to talk oakland A’s baseball he has his op and i have mine we will just leave it at that at the end of the day we are all A’s fan’s and i agree now that i went back and read my post sorry about that.

  54. OaklandFan22 4 years ago

    he hit .245 last year. Is that good to you, well i guess how we are A’s fans we think that is good and we have lower expectations than other teams fans

  55. OaklandFan22 4 years ago

    ya i know this pete thinks he knows it all

  56. Guest 4 years ago

    You’re not one of the people I was referring to. But you really do need to think about doing more research (namely looking at advanced statistics and reading scouting reports) before expressing your opinion as if it’s an out-and-out fact. And you’ve definitely got to stop judging players on miniscule sample sizes. Very few people are gonna take you seriously until you do.

  57. michael hughes 4 years ago

    Nah, don’t worry about it. I totally understand and appreciate the mature response. I should apologize myself for being a bit of a jerk. I just used to write for a living and I’m way too grammar sensitive. But you’ve got it right, we’re all just here to have a good time.

  58. michael hughes 4 years ago

    He might have had an AVG. of only .245 but he had an OBP. of .345, which isn’t amazing but is still pretty good. The only benefit of looking at AVG. over OBP. is that walks don’t contribute to slugging, but if he still has a high ISO., which measures power, then he looks like a  pretty decent player. If he gets his defense together he could be pretty solidly above average for his position, not a bad player at all.

  59. Iconoclast17 4 years ago

    + 1,000.

  60. Iconoclast17 4 years ago

    Who are you to judge whining and trolling?

    This is a forum so not everybody is going to be in accordance w/your OPINION of some players.

    Many Oakland fans have managed to avoid the Kool Aid w/r to Barton, Cust, Carter and Taylor. If Taylor and Carter (age 25/26) aren’t good enough to play in the majors, that’s on them. Beane’s not holding them back.

  61. man it dont bother me if people take me seriously or not sports is all i do all i wach but some people talk about obp and walks like those are the only stats that matter barton has good defence and draws walks brandon allen has good power and defence barton got a few years to prove himself allen got 2 months i think allen should be givin more of a chance plus barton aduttude suck last year

  62. TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

    You must not be too big of an A’s fan because this is the second time you have been corrected. It’s Daric

  63. Guest 4 years ago

    You were the one who tried to imply that Beane was referring to Barton last year, when commenting about players needing to hit the training room more. Not me. And it was fairly widely reported that Barton worked out like a beast last offseason, and added about 15 pounds of muscle. So there’s no way that’s true. It’s just really poor conjecture.

    And now you’re bashing him because he “didn’t report an injury”?? He didn’t even KNOW about the labrum tear until he underwent an MRI in mid-July. It’s impossible to report something you’re not aware of. And as far as anyone knows, he could have very well told them that he had shoulder pain/discomfort earlier in the season, and the doctors/trainers may have just failed to shut him down sooner than they did. We’ll probably never know for sure. So you can’t speculate either way.

    So that’s twice now that you’ve went beyond misinterpretation, and tried to make conjecture sound like fact. And you think I’m the one who misinterprets things???

    And we must have very different definitions of whining. Because I’m perfectly content with everything the A’s are doing right now. I’m supporting them 100% through this rebuild. So how can I whine when I have NOTHING to whine about?

  64. TheGrtBambino 4 years ago

    That’s was I was saying I jus didn’t seperate the statements in diff paragraphs

  65. Guest 4 years ago

    Wow. You are the KING of putting words into other people’s mouths.

    I haven’t said one single word about Cust or Taylor. And I haven’t said anything about Barton or Carter’s ability that wasn’t accompanied by the words “if” or “might.”

    I do NOT care who winds up getting the Opening Day 1B job, or any other job for that matter, so long as it’s the person who proves themselves the most worthy in spring training. Whether it’s Barton, Carter, Ka’aihue, Allen, or someone completely unexpected, I’ll be completely fine with it.

    But yeah. I’m drinking someone’s Kool-Aid. You’ve really got me pegged, genius.

  66. Guest 4 years ago

    What? I don’t know of one person who only looks at OBP and walks. There are a lot of good advanced statistics these days, and it’s important to look at all of them: OBP, SLG, wOBA, BABIP, UZR/150, WAR, etc.

  67. Guest 4 years ago

    I have no love for the Angels. But it’s pretty despicable for you to wish injury on a player like that.

  68. BalcoBomber 4 years ago

    Me fail english? Thats unpossible!

  69. Derek Florko 4 years ago

    mad bro

  70. Iconoclast17 4 years ago

    You really don’t like people who disagree w/you, eh Pete? Well, name calling and bullying won’t get it done.

    I produced what is called a fact (look up the meaning). You parsed and danced but could not refure it. So, I will repeat:
    Beane didn’t trade any of his outfieldsers last year, and outside of Willingham, the A’s got nothing in return. He didn’t trade McCarthy or Harden either. So, you were wrong last year and you may be wrong again. We’ll see.

    Speaking of ignorance, I think it is you who can’t seem to follow the A’s plans, not me. You tried to tell us that the A’s were going young with AAAA players like Carter and Taylor.

    But, lo and behold Billy signs Gomes and Colon, trades for Smith, Cowgill and Reddick (the latter two are younger than Taylor/Barton and Carter—failed pieces of the last rebuild.) So, if there is any ignorance regarding the Oakland A’s it’s on you. I shouldn’t have to keep explaining this to you. 

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