The Boston Red Sox are working to strengthen their outfield depth. The team is close to agreeing to a two-year deal with free agent Jonny Gomes. Gomes spent most of the 2012 season with the Oakland Athletics mainly used as a corner outfielder and designated hitter. Gomes has been chosen over Cody Ross.
With the Athletics, Gomes hit 18 home runs and recorded 47 RBI. Gomes also batted .262/.377/.491 as well as striking out 104 times in 99 games. This is Gomes’ fourth team in three years after spending a majority of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Gomes was picked over Ross after Ross batted .267/.326/.481 with 22 home runs and 81 RBI. Gomes or Ross were going to play left field while Ryan Kalish was scheduled to platoon in left field.
The Red Sox are also still trying to go after free agent slugger Josh Hamilton. Hamilton is considered by general manager Ben Cherington as a terrific talent. Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs with the Texas Rangers in 2012 but came under fire after losing the ball in the sun against the Athletics in the final game of the season.
Questions concerning Hamilton moving to a bigger market include his past addictions to tobacco and alcohol. Hamilton is looking for a three-year deal that will most likely include a high annual salary.
The Red Sox also lost out on Hiroki Kuroda to the New York Yankees Tuesday. The Red Sox made a big push for him but Kuroda agreed to a two-year deal with New York.
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