Jonny Gomes is a baseball player, let there be no doubt. Just because he offers little in the way of defensive value and shouldn’t really be allowed to face right-handed pitching doesn’t mean he is useless. Quite the contrary. The DH platoon of Jonny Gomes and Seth Smith worked wonders for the Oakland A’s. Gomes mashes lefties and always has – making him a great match for the Boston Red Sox.

Gomes posted a .376 wOBA over 333 plate appearances for the A’s, knocking 18 home runs and drawing walks at a 13.3% rate. Every bit a butcher in the outfield, Gomes gives the Red Sox a good bat in a part-time role. The continuing presence of David Ortiz ensures Gomes will take his lumps in the outfield, though left field at Fenway Park is a reasonable enough holding place for mediocre fielders who make their bones with the bat.

Does Gomes give the Red Sox anything they didn’t get from David Cody Ross last season? Not really. He is a worse fielder and equally lopsided hitter – any potential deal with Gomes points to a much larger asking price from Ross and his representation, a player Boston appeared interested in returning to the fold.

Signing a player fresh off a career season, his first above-average year since 2009, seems like a risk unless the Red Sox can make use of Gomes’ specific skills (hitting lefties) while minimizing situations which might exposure his shortcomings – the first of many tall tasks for new Sox manager John Farrell.

Comments (12)

  1. There goes the Lind platoon idea. Damn.

  2. Cody Ross*. David’s the catcher they just signed.

  3. Is Gomes any worse than Manny in the field? I know there’s a huge difference in the bats. I wonder if it speaks more to Boston’s shrinking payroll than anything else. It’s just the next crumb in the trail of Boston dumping all that money last year plus the stories about some of the ownership’s additional money problems.

    • Is Gomes any worse than Manny in the field? I know there’s a huge difference in the bats.

      Why put a shitty fielder who isn’t Manny out there? I think it has more to do with the insane deals guys like Cody Ross are considering. It’s going to get ugly.

      • Oh I agree he wouldn’t be my first choice to play there full time either. Still if you look at Manny’s overall WAR at BR for the last two years in Boston which were 0.8 and 2.2 you wouldn’t have to be a superstar to get similar production from the spot. And no I’m not suggesting that Gomes is that guy though to be fair to Gomes he did put up 1.6 WAR in roughly 200 fewer PA’s than Manny did in his last year in Boston.

        • One thing to watch: all defensive systems have a tough time with left field at Fenway.

          • Yep. Cameron just made a good point about him possibly platooning with another left fielder. Might be the best thing to do for the prices being asked as you said. Still would have loved for AA to snake Gomes away at the last minute. Would have given everyone an excuse to use that Good Will Hunting graphic one more time lol

  4. Over/under on how many games it takes Farrell to figure out Gomes can’t hit righties?

  5. 5 million for a platoon player? seems kind of rich

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