Six teams are interested in Gomes, a source told MLBDailyDish.com’s Chris Cotillo. The Chicago Cubs reportedly are believed to be among the teams, though the free-agent outfielder still is “early in the process” of choosing his next squad.
Gomes was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Oakland Athletics along with pitcher Jon Lester at this year’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. He finished the season hitting .234 with six homers, 37 RBIs and a .327 on-base percentage in 112 games split between the two teams.
Gomes, who turns 34 later this month, could be a valuable platoon player for a team looking to contend. The 12-year veteran is a career .277 hitter with an .861 OPS against right-handed pitchers — he’s a .222 hitter with a .721 on-base percentage versus right-handers — and provides home run power. Gomes jacked 13 homers in 366 plate appearances with Boston in 2013. He has hit at least 17 homers six times in his career.
Gomes, known for his hard-nosed style of play, is no stranger to free agency. He already has played for five teams — Athletics, Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Tampa Bay Rays — in his career.
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