Here Today, Gomes Tomorrow

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The Atlanta Braves are in Cincinnati tonight to kick off a 3-game series against the Reds. Some in the national media have reported that the Braves may be interested in trading for our very own Jonny Gomes. The Braves are supposedly interested in a right-handed hitter to use when opposing a left-handed pitcher and Gomes might be the perfect match. While Reds fans are well aware of Gomes’ many deficiencies, one thing cannot be disputed: Gomes can hit lefties. For his career Gomes boasts a .281/.377/.510 line against LHP. And this year is even better as Gomes has posted a slash line of .340/.446/.547 in 65 plate appearance against southpaws.

For some, the question is, “what is Atlanta willing to give up to acquire Gomes?” My response, “does it matter?” Look, I know Jonny has his core fans here in Cincy and I don’t dispute that he brings some value to the team. However, trading Gomes, regardless of the return, would be a wise move. First of all, trading Gomes would free up almost $1 million over the rest of the season – not a ton of money, but perhaps enough to increase roster flexibility. Secondly, the Reds have several capable replacements at AAA Louisville. Todd Frazier, Dave Sappelt and Yonder Alonso can play left-field. All three options can likely match Gomes’ production at the plate (or perhaps increase LF production) and it won’t take much to match Gomes’ glove. If it’s Todd Frazier who replaces Gomes, the Reds would have another option to fill in at third-base if Rolen’s lack-of-production/injuries continue.

Some may worry that the loss of Gomes’ bat may result in lack of production against LHP for the Reds. Fear not, my friends. The Reds as a team crush lefties. Their team OPS is .821 vs. LHP compare to an OPS of .704 vs. RHP. If anything, losing Gomes will likely improve the Reds production against right-handed pitchers, who make up the majority of MLB pitchers.

Trading Gomes simply makes sense, even if the Reds get almost nothing in return. It will free up a little money, give a young prospect some MLB experience, and allow for roster flexibility. While some of you may miss the mohawk, the professional baseball team residing in Cincinnati will benefit.

Trade Gomes, regardless of return?

  • YES (86%, 36 Votes)
  • NO (14%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

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