The Washington Nationals made their first significant move of the offseason, re-signing catcher Yan Gomes to a two-year, $10 million deal according to multiple reports.
Gomes, who caught the final out of the World Series, became a free agent after Washington declined his $9 million team option earlier this month. He will now return to the team that acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Indians last offseason on a contract that will take him through the 2021 season.
The 32-year-old split time behind the plate last season with Kurt Suzuki; it’s a role he will likely resume next season. In 97 games, he hit .223 with 12 home runs and a .704 OPS that was boosted by a late-season surge he enjoyed in late-August and September.
Gomes was the primary catcher for starter Patrick Corbin but had to step into an everyday role for most of the playoffs when Kurt Suzuki suffered an elbow injury. He played particularly well in the National League Championship Series, going 3-7 (.429 average) with a double and two runs scored against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Nationals are expected to have a busy offseason after Gomes, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Hudson, Howie Kendrick, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brian Dozier, Gerardo Parra and Matt Adams all ended up on the free-agent market.
Re-signing Gomes is the first significant move they’ve made in their quest to repeating as World Series champions.
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