The Atlanta Braves have signed 34 year old Jonny Gomes to a one year deal with a 2016 option. Gomes gets 4 million this season and the team option for the 2016 season is 3 million dollars. Jonny Gomes was a power hitting slugger on the Reds from 2009 to 2011, including when he hit .267 and clobbered 20 home runs in 2009. Now, Gomes is heading back to the National League, can he be able to do it again? Gomes, going into his 12th year as a player, can show he can still be in the MLB with having a career .244 batting average. After losing Justin Upton to free agency, will Gomes be able to fulfill the role Upton gave the Braves?
The Braves outfield consists of newly added Nick Markakis, B.J Upton, and now Jonny Gomes. Gomes gives this lineup potential power and a lot of passion. In 2010 Gomes drove in 86 RBI’s, the most he’s ever had in one year. Coming back to the National League, Gomes will impact this lineup in the 2015 season if he stays healthy. Gomes won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013. Now that he has a ring, Gomes knows what it takes to get there and can lead this team to the right mentality.
Gomes will likely bat in the middle of the order behind Freddy Freeman and Chris Johnson. With the new addition of Gomes to this lineup, it becomes deeper and stronger than it was prior to today. It may take some time for Gomes to replace Upton, but assuming he has the mentality to do so. If there is one thing Gomes likes, its being in big spots with the game on the line. Gomes will be given at-bats in big spots with the kind of hitter he can be.
My Projected Lineup:
C. Bethancourt/ A.J Pierzynski
NOTE: This is my opinion not Jake Wesley's whom's you will see in the upcoming weeks
Jonny’s Stats for the Reds (2009-2011)
323 Games played
OBP of .334
49 Home Runs
Signing Gomes to a one year deal with a 2016 option was a steal for the Braves. He provides energy and power to this Atlanta lineup. Gomes going into his 12th year, will fit in this Atlanta lineup and will be a great add for this team moving forward. This Deal, although not surprising, will benefit the Braves in the clubhouse immensely, along with on the field.
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