Everyone acts like Gomes had some crazy year for his standards last year. It was actually the third time in his young career that he's reached 20 HRs (21, 20, 20). The guy can hit. Liability defensively, but not bad enough that it will kill you. I'm surprised some team didn't offer him a major league contract at about $1 mil.
But if it means the Reds get him back on a minor league deal, I'm all about it.
I don't understand the minor league deal thing though. Unless they plan on making a trade in spring training, they should just offer him a major league deal now. He's going to be on the team when they come north anyway. Just doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
I agree with that 44 ... I guess the Reds just know (think?) that Gomes has no other good options and they can get him to sign a minor league deal and then see what happens in ST.
But yeah, Gomes would definitely make the team if he signs IMO. Even if it's just as a backup, there is no doubt in my mind he would come north with the team and would be in uniform on Opening Day on April 5.
And remember that Corey Patterson got a minor league deal, that turned into $3M once he made the team, so we can't assume that this deal will be cheap.
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The one explanation that did makes sense is what mth just posted. They can't put Volquez on the 60 day DL until spring training, so offering him a minor league deal with Pattersonesque language in the contract makes sense, I suppose.
I don't see Gomes having much of a market until Damon and even Dye are signed at this point, so the Reds could be waiting to see if Damon's price tag drops even further before making a move on Gomes. If you bring Damon in, you have no use for a guy like Nix who will be assured not to make the team at that point (and I don't want him on the team even if they don't get Damon), and Balentin is assured to make the team and you can give him ABs for some lefties in place of Damon. Same things goes with Stubbs/Dickerson in CF.
Walt has played the market near perfectly this offseason, so I have faith in him when it comes to Gomes.
Last edited by reds44; 02-02-2010 at 03:19 AM.
If teams were beating the door down for Gomes, and they obviously aren't, then any player would laugh at a minor league contract. But when they aren't, then that is what is offered. Advantage organization. It's a safeguard all around for the organization.
And besides the above advantages, the Reds will save money if he accepts the ml contract. And if some of other player, maybe one of our prospects, steps up in ST and wins/deserves the shot, you then have Gomes in Louisville as a capable backup if need be.
Sound move by our GM IMO. And if Gomes does not sign then IMO it's no great loss.
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Thome was until very recently.
In fact a lot of guys are looking for work. Welcome to the new baseball economy. Here is the thing. I doubt he would have been signed by anyone early, high profile clients or not. If GM's really thought he was a safe bet to produce at that level over 500+ AB's, he'd have been snapped up to his best contract ever, and still would have been cheap for most teams. He's the kind of player MLB has in excess. And he's almost never healthy.
I think Gomes does have a lot of talent, buuuuuut. he doesn't BB much, 177 in over 500 games played, but he does have some pop. He doesn't play a key position, from all accounts can't play 1B either. And he's kind of brittle. I enjoyed most of the games he played as a Red. I thought he should have gone north with the team out of ST. But there was a reason he isn't even a type B FA. He's going to struggle to OBP .330.
He's a platoon LF. Why clamor for that?
Last edited by TRF; 02-02-2010 at 04:08 PM.
Suck it up cupcake.
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