Jonny Gomes Addition Would Greatly Help Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals could use another bat in the lineup to give them an extra push to the postseason. The Royals are fighting with the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians and will continue to battle both teams until the end of the season for the playoff spot. Looking to add some offensive help, the Royals could turn to Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes.
The Red Sox could be sellers at the trade deadline and with the recent youth movement, Gomes could be one of many players heading out of Boston. Gomes’ potential landing spot is the Royals because the organization is already interested in the 33-year-old outfielder.
With the outfield already crowded, Gomes will not be an everyday player, but he will platoon, potentially, at left field with Alex Gordon. Gomes hits left-handed pitchers a lot better than he hits right-handed pitchers. This season alone, Gomes is batting .306/.403/.429 against lefties with three home runs and 19 RBI. Gordon against lefties is only batting .237/.330/.419 with four home runs and 15 RBI for the Royals.
Gomes would also bring over a championship pedigree having already won a World Series with the Red Sox last year. Gomes is also only making $5 million and is in the last year of his contract with the Red Sox and Kansas City would not have to re-sign him at the end of the year if he does not do well.