Where is everyone getting this idea that Jonny Gomes is an OBP machine from?
Any reference that gives you splits. He's an OBP machine vs. LHP.
You refer to his mediocre 2010/11 numbers. In 2010 his OBP vs. LHP was .378; in 2011, .407. Aside from 2008, a lost year when he made only eight starts after the ASB (injury?), Gomes' worst season OBP vs. LHP since he began getting regular playing time is .369. His career number is .382.
If you try to evaluate Gomes as a full-time player, he looks mediocre. If you evaluate him as a platoon player, he looks like about one third of an outstanding hitter with poor OF defense--and $15M is about what that guy costs. How successful this move is will depend partly on what the rest of the OF looks like, particularly whoever turns out to be Gomes' platoon partner.
A reasonable question, and possibly a tough one for Ben to answer, is whether it really makes sense for a team with a four-man bench to give one of those spots to a guy whose sole function is to serve as the short end of an outfield platoon. At the very least, one might argue, that guy should be a good defender. I'm guessing Ben thinks what Gomes brings personality-wise is worth it, but it's a valid criticism.
First, we do not know the entire world of available players. Second, there are free agent outfielders who are much better players than Gomes. Namely Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, BJ Upton, Nick Swisher, Delmon Young, Angel Pagan, Ichiro, Shane Victorino, Ryan Ludwick, and Cody Ross.
Are you seriously suggesting that we signed Gomes instead
of Hamilton or Swisher?
A lot of the comments here seem to reflect either or both of two thoroughly bizarre assumptions: (1) that the order acquisitions are made in reflects their importance to the FO's strategy; (2) that if we sign one guy, that means we don't intend to get some other guy.
This latter assumption makes sense only when you're talking about guys who would fill essentially the same role. Signing Gomes means we're probably not signing Ross, Ludwick, or Young. Looking at those three....
Ross is a better player than Gomes, but apparently was holding out for three years, probably at an AAV of $8M or more. I suspect the FO sees him as a platoon or semi-platoon player, and they decided they might as well go for the cheaper guy for that role.
Ludwick is two years older and a likely regression candidate, having just had his best offensive season in several years. And while he's a better OF than Gomes he's no longer a very good one. And we have no way of knowing if he would have been willing to come here for a part-time role.
Young? Delmon Young? 'Scuse me while I wipe the coffee off my monitor. Delmon Young isn't better than Jonny Gomes at anything
, except perhaps being a douche. Gomes has chunks of Delmon Young in his stool. Probably literally.
Edited by Savin Hillbilly, 22 November 2012 - 11:05 AM.