Jonny Gomes could fill Scott Hairston’s role with the Mets

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Hot Stove, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

After putting up a career high 20 homeruns in 2012, Scott Hairston has likely priced himself out of New York. The Mets are tight on money and a platoon bat like Hairston who is likely going to get a two year deal is a luxury the team may not be able to afford. However there are some alternatives to filling Hairston’s role and that includes OF Jonny Gomes.

Jonny Gomes rebounded after a rough 2011 and hit 18 home runs with a .377 on-base percentage for the surprise Oakland A’s in 2012. We have talked about it on BrokeMets before that the A’s have an extremely crowded outfield next year and Gomes will most likely be playing ball for a different team.

The Mets as a team didn’t hit lefties at all in 2012 while Gomes hit .299 against southpaws for Oakland this season.

Prankster Jonny Gomes could be a leader on the Mets and take a little pressure off of David Wright

Gomes, 31, is coming off a one year deal worth $1 million so he is likely to get a raise, but a much smaller raise than Scott Hairston. Gomes is also known as a good clubhouse guy and with the Mets being such a young team that continues to get younger those type of good locker room guys usually help. Jonny Gomes is in the Mets price range and would be a good option as a guy who could platoon with Lucas Duda or Mike Baxter in 2013 as long as he isn’t playing every day.

Gomes isn’t a great outfielder as fangraphs has him as below average but he is a better outfielder then Hairston and is content getting just 250 at bats a year. Gomes probably won’t have as good of a year as he did in 2012 but he is still a good option for the Mets to be had on the cheap just don’t expect much against righties as he hit just .209.

  1. says:

    I agree with you that the Mets should try and secure Gomes services with any reasonable dollar amount ! ( ps. Love the site )
    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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