The Boston Red Sox have begun their off-season shopping by adding a veteran outfielder to the team’s roster for the upcoming 2013 campaign.
On Thursday, the Red Sox and nine-year veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes reached an agreement on a two-year, $10 million contract to bring him to Boston and give provide this team in transition with another stable player with experience in their clubhouse.
In 2012 Gomes earned just one million dollars while playing for the Oakland A’s where he hit .262 with 18 home runs and 47 runs batted-in as well as being a key component in the Oakland clubhouse during their amazing run to claim the American League West title in dramatic fashion.
The Red Sox believe that Gomes could be a key part of the team’s success this season due to the fact that many of the right-handed hitter’s home runs have left the stadium either to left field or left center field and those are two of the easier places to launch a ball out of Fenway Park. In Gomes’ career he has a .262 average with three home runs and seven runs batted-in in 31 games at Fenway Park.
Gomes will provide a corner outfielder for Boston this season who can also fill in a t the designated hitter position in the event that David Ortiz needs a day off here and there. Gomes has a lifetime average of .244 with 136 homers and 411 runs batted-in during 880 career games played.