Jonny Gomes was traded along side Boston veteran Jon Lester at this year’s non-waiver trade deadline. Gomes finished the 2014 season with a .234/.350/.250 slash line and entered free agency. Now, alongside the previously announced Chicago Cubs, the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers are working on trying the ink the free agent per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
The Cubs are noted as top contender for Gomes since he started his Major League career beside then Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon. He spent four years with Maddon before heading to Cincinnatti in 2009. The Cubs are supposedly looking for veteran leadership within the clubhouse, which Ironsides could provide. Gomes is both a veteran free agent and playoff contender. He’s been with five teams over his 12 year career, and helped four of them reach the playoffs. In one case, he took home a World Series ring after finishing a successful season with the 2013 Boston Red Sox.
The 34-year-old could make for a valuable platoon player to any interested team. Ironsides is well known for his ability to punish left-handed pitchers. Since 2012, he’s logged 495 at-bats against left-handed pitching for .271/.378/.459 slash line with 23 home runs, 77 RBI, and 24 doubles. For the Mariners, that .378 OBP is key, especially since that would’ve been the team’s second highest OBP of 2014-second to Robinson Cano, that is. Picking up Gomes along with the recent signing of Nelson Cruz would seriously aid the Mariners outfield.
2012 and 2013 were solid offensive seasons for the left fielder, but with a slight slip in stats this past season, it’s hard to see him signing an extensive contract. He made $5M in 2013 and 2014, and the likelihood of him earning a higher salary than that is very slim.