PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Left fielder Jonny Gomes #30 of the Washington Nationals bats during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 7-5. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
The A's are reportedly close to a deal with OF Jonny Gomes, who grew up in the Bay Area and should provide outfield depth. He recently split 2011 between Cincinnati and Washington, playing in 120 games overall.
Specific terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but Slusser suspects it will be for one year, citing the possibility of a team option for another as well.
Gomes split the 2011 season with the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, totaling 14 home runs, 43 RBI's, and a .209 batting average in 120 games. The A's have been targeting outfield depth heading into 2012, and the hometown favorite Gomes should provide it.
Gomes is a lifetime .242 hitter who spent the first six seasons of his professional career with the Tampa Bay Rays. His most productive season came in 2010 with the Reds, when he appeared in a career-high 148 games, driving in 86 runs and posting a .267 batting average.
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