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.


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103 Comments on "Athletics, Jonny Gomes Nearing Deal"


melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

Seriously? Mediocre outfielders/DHs: Collect them all! 

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

smith and gomes aren’t mediocre against opposite-handed pitchers. platoon powers, activate

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

And, the signing suddenly makes a ton of sense. 

leachim2
3 years 7 months ago

Gotta catch em all. Gooooooo Jonny Gomes.

3 years 7 months ago

Paging Gary Matthews Jr.

rockfordone
3 years 7 months ago

Let’s see you hit .209 last year, ok – 5M makes sense

3 years 7 months ago

5M?  What are you smoking?

3 years 7 months ago

Jonny Gomes + chris carter = jack cust

joeybw
3 years 7 months 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.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

So you dont like adam dunn? :/

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

So you dont like adam dunn? :/

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

Not anymore. I’ve seen some bad seasons but that was epic.

rockfordone
3 years 7 months ago

Love Adam Dunn from the AL pitchers

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

Not anymore. I’ve seen some bad seasons but that was epic.

3 years 7 months ago

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

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

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

hisownfool
3 years 7 months 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.

czontixhldr
3 years 7 months ago

Hey, what gives?  b-r.com has Gomes splits against LHP as

.281/.375/.501

Alex Foltz
3 years 7 months ago

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

corey23
3 years 7 months ago

It’s hard to be an A’s fan.

Chioakcisco
3 years 7 months ago

Join the club.

3 years 7 months ago

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

joeybw
3 years 7 months 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.

J.j. Miller
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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

philliesfan136
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

Dear Billy Beane,

THE ONLY WAY YOUR YOUNG POSITION PLAYERS WILL LEARN HOW TO HIT IS BY GETTING AB’S.
Same story year after year with this team.

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

he doesn’t want them to learn how to hit

yet

Iconoclast17
3 years 7 months ago

Dominic

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

3 years 7 months ago

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.

dc21892
3 years 7 months ago

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

Iconoclast17
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t get the negativity with these signings.

3 years 7 months ago

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

Iconoclast17
3 years 7 months 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.

 

3 years 7 months ago

Gomes has a nice career avg against leftys :)

Chioakcisco
3 years 7 months ago

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

OaklandFan22
3 years 7 months ago

i like this guy sign him long term! 

Guest
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

i wouldnt mind pedro alvarez that might be a possibility