Braves and Jonny Gomes agree to one-year deal
UPDATE: The deal is now official. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Gomes will get $4 million.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com first reported word of the Braves’ interest on Tuesday. John Hart traded both Justin Upton and Jason Heyward this offseason, so Gomes will likely be used on the short side of a platoon with the switch-hitting Zolio Almonte in left field this season. That’s uh, underwhelming.
Gomes, 34, batted just .234/.327/.330 in 127 games last season between the Red Sox and Athletics. He’s an awful defender, but he still produces against left-handed pitching.