Report: Jonny Gomes Drawing Legitimate Interest From Cubs, Four Others

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The Chicago Cubs must have been licking their chops in July.

The Cubs, who reportedly met with free-agent pitcher Jon Lester on Tuesday, are one of five teams showing legitimate interest in free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reported Tuesday, citing a source.

Gomes and Lester, of course, were traded together from the Boston Red Sox to the Oakland Athletics at this year’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline.

This isn’t the first time the Cubs have been linked to Gomes. He’s seemingly been on Theo Epstein’s radar for a while, with ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers reporting last month that Gomes’ leadership qualities and playoff experience are of particular interest to Chicago.

Gomes, a key member of the Red Sox’s 2013 World Series-winning squad, hit .234 with six homers, 37 RBIs and a .327 on-base percentage in 112 games split between Boston and Oakland in 2014. He could be a valuable platoon player for a team looking to contend, though, as the 12-year veteran is a career .277 hitter with an .861 OPS against right-handed pitching.

Gomes, who turns 34 next month, already has played for five teams — Athletics, Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Tampa Bay Rays — in his career.

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