Outfielder Gomes in serious talks with A's
By Jane Lee / MLB.com | 01/20/12 4:20 PM EST
OAKLAND -- The A's are on the verge of adding yet another veteran to their outfield mix in right-handed hitting Jonny Gomes.
According to a source close to the situation, the 31-year-old Gomes is in serious talks with Oakland. A deal had yet to be finalized Friday afternoon, but "it's looking good," the source said.
With the pending addition of Gomes, a career .281 hitter against lefties, the A's stand to boost their outfield depth with a player who should nicely complement the left-handed-hitting duo of left fielder Seth Smith and right fielder Josh Reddick. He also offers manager Bob Melvin yet another option at the designated hitter spot.
Gomes, a Bay Area native, posted a .209 average with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs in a combined 120 games for the Reds and Nationals last year. The majority of his appearances came in left field.
He spent the first six seasons of his professional career with the Rays, and since 2003, he has compiled a lifetime .242 average and a .780 OPS. Gomes' most productive season came in 2010, when he hit .267 and drove in 86 runs while appearing in a career-high 148 games for Cincinnati.