In a move that many of us did not see coming the Kansas City Royals have traded for OF Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves. In return the Braves will get the Royals Single-A shortstop Luis Venezuela.
This is an interesting move as it will put the Royals into a bit of a numbers crunch come playoff time. The Royals will have 6 outfielders on the roster when Alex Gordon and Terrance Gore are activated tomorrow when rosters expand. Add them to the mix of Paulo Orland, Jarrod Dyson, Alex Rios, Lorenzo Cain, and utility man Ben Zobrist, and you have a log jam in the outfield.
The move was clearly to add a bat to the bench in Kansas City, which is clearly lacking at this point. But it makes you wonder if it will come at the cost of some speed. Especially when you look at his .223 batting average (.223/.327/.368) and only 7 homeruns.
His real value will be as a platoon guy due to the fact he has an .878 OPS against lefties. The problem is that he has only played 18 games in right field over the last half decade, and doesn’t seem to have pinch hit much this season…But hey he walks a lot!
Gomes is a good club house guy, and a character. He may actually be on the team for his relieving abilities as seen the other night against the Yankees. He did give up a homerun, but also struck a guy out.
This move is being equated to the Raul Ibanez move of last year, but Ibanez did not make the playoff roster. This will be an interesting move to say the least come October!
UPDATE: According to Andy McCullough, the Royals have a chicken pox problem with Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios both being stricken by the virus. They are expected to miss up to two weeks. This may also help explain the Gomes acquisition the Royals made ... Read more