Red Sox boost outfield, sign Jonny Gomes to 2-year deal
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Boston Red Sox have beefed up their outfield by signing free-agent Jonny Gomes to a two-year, $10 million contract, pending a physical.
The new deal gives Gomes a significant raise after earning $1 million with the Oakland A’s last season, after batting of .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs.
Gomes, who also played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals, can play both corner positions in the outfield.
As a bonus for the Red Sox, Gomes is a proven leader both on and off the field and will likely serve in a platoon role for the team.
Gomes is known to hit homers either in left or left-center field, giving Boston an added advantage at Fenway Park. In 31 career games at Fenway, Gomes has a .262 average with three homers and seven RBIs.
Even with Gomes on board, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is planning to add another outfielder and re-sign Cody Ross.
Over a 10-year career, Gomes is a .244 hitter with 136 homers, 411 RBIs and .790 OPS.
Gomes got a break with the Rays, where he played from 2003 to 2008 before seeing action for the Reds for 2 1/2 seasons and finishing the 2011 season with the Nationals.