It has been quite a one-year stretch for Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes. He’s gone from starting the season last year in the minors to Monday officially inking a deal for six years with the Indians that will keep him with the Tribe until all the way to the 2021 season. Gomes did just about everything right his rookie season, as the team went 49-30 (.620) over his 79 starts at catcher while Tribe pitchers recorded an ERA of 3.56 when he was behind the plate. He was stellar in throwing out runners, nailing an AL-high 38.3 percent (18-of-47) of the runners attempting to steal.
Hit bat was good, hitting .294 with 11 homers, driving in 38 runs in 88 games last season. He also has a good attitude and is excited about being with the Indians for the years to come as the team continues to push towards being a serious contender in the American League. Gomes told the AP:
“It goes into what it means to be in this organization. You’ve got younger guys like ourselves just wanting to be here. We’re potentially signing a big amount of our careers. There’s not another place I would want to be with, especially from the top to the bottom here. It’s the organization you want to be with.”
Gomes is a tireless worker and wants to be mentioned among the elite in baseball at his position. So getting a new deal should not deter him from the goals that he set forth when he was dealt from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Indians in November 2012 which also involved teammate Mike Aviles.
The Indians brass have put their faith in Gomes, handing him the starting catcher job to begin the 2014 season. Now he needs to return the favor of the confidence the team has put in him by stepping up and being a big part of what the team feels will be a bright group of young players who will make the team a contender for years to come.