The Chicago Cubs made arguably the biggest splash of the offseason, signing left-handed ace Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million deal early Wednesday morning. The team is in hopes of making strides to contend this upcoming season and they have a significant opportunity to do so as several players are still on the team’s radar.
Gomes, a 12-year veteran, has played for five different teams in his career.
The 34-year old outfielder won the 2013 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. He was with the team for 78 games in 2014 until he was traded alongside Lester to the Oakland Athletics. This past season, Gomes hit just .234 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 112 games. However, he did compile an impressive .327 on-base percentage.
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Over the past few seasons, Gomes has become one of the more prominent outfielders in the league because he brings a rare right-handed power bat to the lineup.
It is always essential to have a veteran presence in the clubhouse, but an added bonus when he has playoff success and experience as well. In fact, Gomes has made 55 postseason plate appearances and has made the most out of crucial at-bats.
Gomes, who has spent a majority of his playing time in left field, is also capable of playing right. In 509 games played in left, he has compiled a .981 fielding percentage and 20 assists.