So as the MLB trade deadline approaches this season, even if the Boston Red Sox are not considered “sellers” I still believe it will be time to move on from Jonny Gomes.
Gomes had such a productive season for the Red Sox last season as he was able to hit .247 with 13 home runs and 52 runs batted. Gomes was an on base machine as he tallied 43 walks and posted a .711 on base percentage while playing in only 116 games.
Stats don’t tell everything Gomes meant to the Red Sox last season. Gomes is one of the best lefty killers in the MLB hitting a career .279 against them with 61 home runs as well. Last season, Gomes hit only .236 against lefties but he did have eight home runs and a .347 on base percentage plus slugging percentage.
Gomes didn’t play a ton last year as he was mainly platooned with Daniel Nava in the out field as Gomes would get a majority of the starts versus leties and Nava against righties.
This season, Gomes has really seen his numbers drop significantly. The 33 year old is only batting .235 with 55 strikeouts and has only walked a total of 23 times. Gomes is hitting lefties pretty well posting a .310 average.
Gomes brings such an important element to the lineup against lefties. Snce he has had such good success against them he hits around four or five in the order. Lefties try and pitch around the big bopper as he has been walked 169 times in his career against them.
Gomes is an important player to trade in my mind. I believe that a team in the playoff hunt can really benefit from adding such a powerful bat to their lineup. Gomes can get the Red Sox something significant like a reliever or a minor league player in return.
A team to watch would be the San Fransisco Giants. The Giants are always looking to upgrade their team and the addition of another right handed outfielder would put some pressure on current outfielders to produce.
Gomes signed a two-year, $10 million dollar deal with the Red Sox heading into the 2013 season.