Reds, Gomes talking
Posted by jfay February 17th, 2010, 6:19 pm
The Reds and Jonny Gomes’ representatives continue to talk.
“We’ll see what happens,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “Hopefully, we can get something done this weekend.”
If the Reds fail to sign Gomes, they may look elsewhere for a right-handed hitting outfielder.
“We were talking about that today,” Jocketty said. “We see the need as well. It’s something we might address later in spring with a trade or something.”
Center fielder Drew Stubbs is the only lock among right-handed hitters to make the club. Wladimir Balentien has a good shot as well. But Balentien hit .165 overall against left-handers last year.
Gomes hit .307 with five home runs, and 19 RBI in 101 at-bats versus left-handers.
Top prospects Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey are right-handed hitters. But none of them has ever played in the majors and won’t likely make the team unless they win the everyday job in left field.