Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is reporting that the Seattle Mariners, along with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers have expressed interest in free agent Jonny Gomes.
The outfielder started 2014 with the Boston Red Sox and was traded to the Oakland Athletics along with pitcher Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes at the July 31st trading deadline. Gomes, who broke into the majors with Tampa Bay in 2005, is primarily a leftfielder; playing that position in 84 games with Boston and Oakland and 11 in right field for both teams.
The Mariners, who have been in the market for right-handed hitting to balance their line-up, signed free agent right-handed hitter Nelson Cruz this week and have been linked to a bevy of free agents and potential trade targets including Russell Martin, Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter, Justin Upton, Evan Gattis, Matt Kemp, and Yoenis Cespedes.
If the Mariners were to sign the 34 year-old, he would make a great platoon option vs. left-handed pitching in left field; possibly combining with left-handed hitting Dustin Ackley. Both Ackley and Gomes have their defensive liabilities. However, the combination of Gomes vs. lefties and Ackley vs. righties would provide better offensive output from the left field position than Seattle has seen in recent years.
|Potential Gomes/Ackley Platoon
|Ackley vs. RHP
|Gomes vs. LHP
|2014 Combined Totals||521||17||.264||.332|
Gomes has been a durable performer and has missed few games due to illness/injury during his career. The veteran hasn’t been on the disabled list since missing 36 games in 2006 due to shoulder surgery. It’s probable that Gomes, who is coming off a 2 years/$10 million contract, would want a multi-year deal to sign with Seattle. If used properly as a platoon player, Jonny Gomes would certainly help the Mariners in 2015.