Jonny Gomes, who signed a two-year, $10 million contract earlier this offseason, will be paid like more than a platoon player, but there are still some wondering how he’ll perform as an everyday outfielder for the Red Sox. Gomes has plenty of pop in his bat, but the 32-year-old slugger has fared far better against left-handers than against right-handers over the course of his career. Against lefties, Gomes has a .284/.382/.512 stat line. Against righties, he has a .223/.307/.425 line. Gomes figures to be the Red Sox’ starting left fielder come Opening Day, but you can bet they’d like to see some improvement against right-handers, or else he could lose plenty of at-bats in the early going. It’ll also be interesting to see who gets the majority of the playing time as Boston’s fourth outfielder. Right now, Daniel Nava looks to be the front-runner.
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