Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that outfielder Jonny Gomes has signed a minor league contract with the Reds.
The deal will pay him $600K in ’09 and provides $200K in performance-based incentives. The Rays decided not to tender him a conract this offseason afer he hit just .182 with eight homers and 21 RBI in 77 games in ’08. He’ll have a shot at some outfield at-bats with the Reds if he impresses this spring. Gomes has flashed good power in the bigs in the past, and the Reds can control him for several years if he succeeds.