Non-Tendered Gomes and Gross Could Offer Good Platoon

December 13, 2009 at 1:57 am 1 comment

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We learned just a couple hours ago that the Tampa Bay Rays are not goning to tender outfielder Gabe Gross a contract.  He was due for a raise from his 1.255M salary and the Rays deemed him expendable with Matt Joyce more than ready to take over rightfield duties and hit against right handers.

The Cincinnati Reds decision to non-tender outfielder Jonny Gomes was quite a surprise.  This means the Reds are happy with a platoon of Chris Dickerson and Wladimir Balentien in left field or they think top prospect Chris Heisey is ready.

This could be good news for a team that is in need of a right field or left field platoon on the cheap.

Gabe Gross has a career .251/.346/.414 slash line against righties, which is below-average for a corner outfielder.  Gross also has a career UZR/150 of +17.6 in RF, +2.5 in CF, and +21.8 in LF and a well above-average arm.

Jonny Gomes has a career .274/.369/.517 slash line against lefties, which is more than adequate for a corner bat.  Gomes’ UZR/150 is a far cry from normal with a -20.2 in RF and a -25.7 in LF and his best position may be DH if he is asked to be more than a platoon player.

Oh, and both players are incredible guys and assets to any clubhouse.

A team like the Kansas City Royals should be all over this platoon for them in RF or LF when/if they trade David DeJesus (one of their top two players at getting on base) but the Royals do not value players with anything higher than a .320 OBP and a platoon of Gross/Gomes would give them something in the range of .350-.360 and that will clog too many bases in Kansas City.

Odds are that no one team will sign both players to platoon and/or rotate in the corner outfield.  Both players landing in one spot is just a scenario that I believe could help give a team something in the 2-3 win range at a marginal price if they have a vacancy in a corner outfield spot. Separately, Oakland could be a great fit for Gomes, his hometown is about 15 minutes away and the A’s vlaue power bats patience.  Gross could fit anywhere that values great defense and patience.  Either way, both of these guys should find jobs soon but it would be cool to see them in a platoon somewhere.

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  • 1. Mark  |  January 24, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I agree with you, Nice posting mate. thanks for sharing


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