Atlanta Braves are reportedly still in pursuit of free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, who could fill the void left by catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, who was traded to the Houston Astros in exchange for three prospects, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
The #Braves are still pursuing Jonny Gomes. He’s a potential option to platoon with Almonte in LF.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 20, 2015
The 34-year-old outfielder is seen by Atlanta as possibly a platoon option, along with Zoilo Almonte, who they had signed this offseason, in left field. Almonte had previously spent his entire career with the New York Yankees‘ organization, making a couple of brief stints in the major leagues.
The 25-year-old Dominican native slashed .261/.311/.437 in 454 plate appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting 18 home runs, while driving in 69 runs, in 105 games played. In a brief stint of 13 games at the big league level for the Yankees, Almonte hit .139/.139/.222 in 36 plate appearances, with one home run and three runs batted in.
In 321 plate appearances between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics last season, Gomes had a slash line of .234/.327/.330 with six home runs and 37 runs batted in over 112 games played. Over his twelve-year career with the Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics, Gomes has hit .244/.335/.442 with 155 home runs and 500 runs batted in over 3747 plate appearances in 1108 games played.