Thrifty Reds non-tender Jonny Gomes

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Jonny Gomes headshot.jpgJonny Gomes is the latest talented player to be non-tendered as the Reds cut ties with him on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Gomes was a surprise power source in ’09, hitting
.267/.338/.541 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI in just 281 at-bats. Among
NL outfielders with 250 at-bats or more, Gomes ranked 12th with a .879
OPS  — higher than the likes of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carlos
Lee, just to name a few.




Gomes should have a great deal of
appeal now that he’ll be able to negotiate with all 30 teams. He has a
.517 slugging percentage and .885 OPS against left-handers in his
career, making him a prime candidate for a platoon. His defense is
decidedly-wretched, so he’d have more value in the American League.




Though the Reds look pretty cheap
here, it’s not like they don’t have plenty of internal options to
replace him. Chris Dickerson, Wladimir Balentien, Chris Heisey and Todd
Frazier are all possibilities for left field with Gomes out of the way.

Report: Phillies close to a deal with Pat Neshek

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies and Pat Neshek are progressing towards an agreement on a contract. The deal is worth $16.25 million over two years, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Neshek, 37, pitched for the Phillies last season, putting up a 1.12 ERA with a 45/5 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. He made the NL All-Star roster as a result of his strong performance. On July 26, shortly after the All-Star break, the Phillies traded him to the Rockies for three minor leaguers. He continued to pitch well in the pitcher-unfriendly confines of Coors Field, posting a 2.45 ERA and a 24/1 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.

Neshek enjoyed his time with the rebuilding Phillies. If he were to rejoin the club, he would likely operate in the same role as last season, pitching the seventh and eighth innings ahead of closer Hector Neris.