MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Jonny Gomes #30 of the Washington Nationals looks on during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on September 27, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The Oakland Athletics are poised to sign Jonny Gomes, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser points out that he's a local favorite set to join the club after Billy Beane indicated after the Seth Smith trade that he could be looking for more depth in the outfield.
Gomes, 31, has spent most of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays but was with the Cincinnati Reds for a couple seasons and then spent part of 2011 in DC. He's never been an especially good hitter (being kind to the guy with the mohawk, ok?) but does have a little pop, with a career line of .242 / .329 / .451. If you're playing at home, think Adam Dunn without the walks.
- Twitter / @susanslusser - "The San Francisco Chronicle has learned that local favorite Jonny Gomes is nearing a deal with the #Athletics"
Petaluma’s Jonny Gomes nearing a deal with the A’s - San Francisco Chronicle
"After acquiring Seth Smith in a trade last week, A’s general manager Billy Beane said that the team would still look to add outfield depth, with an emphasis on outfielders with good numbers against left-handed pitchers. Conor Jackson, who played with the A’s last season before being traded to Boston, was a consideration, as was another former A’s player, Johnny Damon."