The Braves have signed outfielder Jonny Gomes to a one-year, $4 million deal that includes a vesting option for 2016, as first reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. As Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports, the option is worth $3 million and will become a club option if it doesn't vest.
Gomes, 34, drew interest from the Rangers, Mariners and Cubs this offseason, but will instead head to a Braves team that has traded outfielders Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis this offseason. The team is likely to employ Gomes in a platoon with fellow free-agent signee Zoilo Almonte in left field, with B.J. Upton manning center and Nick Markakis in right.
Gomes, known as a great clubhouse presence throughout his career, split last season with the Red Sox and Athletics, hitting .234/.327/.330 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 112 games on the season. He is a lifetime .244/.335/.442 hitter with 155 home runs and 500 RBI in twelve major-league seasons with the Rays (2003-2008), Reds (2009-2011), Nationals (2011), Athletics (2012, 2014), and Red Sox (2013-2014).