UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says Gomes will get $1.1 million from the A’s.
Oakland is close to signing outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Gomes struggled to find work after hitting just .209 with 14 homers and a .714 OPS in 120 games for the Reds and Nationals last season and his poor defense, high strikeout totals, and inability to consistently handle right-handed pitching make him a poor fit as an everyday player.
However, as a part-timer used primarily against left-handed pitching he remains plenty useful, hitting a combined .298 with an .875 OPS off southpaws during the past three seasons.
Both of Oakland’s projected corner outfielders, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith, are left-handed hitters, and Smith’s track record versus lefties is certainly long enough and bad enough that platooning him with Gomes would make lots of sense.