AP source: Red Sox agree to terms with OF Gomes
Oakland Athletics' Jonny Gomes warms up to bat during the first inning of a baseball game aaginst the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with outfielder Jonny Gomes on a two-year contract that would reportedly pay him $10 million.
The Red Sox have not announced the deal. But a baseball official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Gomes had yet to take his physical, said yesterday that the terms were agreed to.
Gomes is a career .244 hitter who batted .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBI for the Oakland Athletics last year.
A part-time player for most of his 10-year career, Gomes has played both right and left field.
Gomes projects as a platoon player for Boston against left-handed pitching. A right-handed hitter, Gomes hit well against lefties last year, batting .299 with 11 home runs and a .974 OPS in 164 at-bats.
Gomes began his career on a high note, finishing third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2005 with 21 home runs and a .282 average for Tampa Bay. He’s reached 20 home runs two other times, in 2006 with Tampa Bay and 2009 with Cincinnati. He was with the Reds until midway through 2011, when he was dealt to the Washington Nationals, where he batted .204 in 93 at-bats.