As Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer outlined last week, the Indians had to choose between Hayes and Roberto Perez in order to make room for Gomes. Neither has hit for much in terms of average, but Hayes has shown more power in a smaller sample, whereas Perez has shown more in terms of on-base skills, walking 20 times in 104 plate appearances.
Hayes, 31, appeared in 14 games for the Indians this season. In a small sample size of 36 games, Hayes slashed .156/.229/.438 and hit three home runs. Over parts of seven big league seasons with the Marlins, Royals, and Indians, Hayes owns a lifetime .205/.250/.359 slash line. He has fared better over the years at the Triple-A level, hitting .253/.294/.420, also over a seven season period.