I seriously doubt it. Sands is three years younger, has a significantly better minor league batting record (as in .938 vs. .819 OPS), and I think has a somewhat less negative defensive rep. Sands is a legitimate, though somewhat stalled, prospect. Gomez is a textbook AAAA player. We wouldn't be giving him serious consideration as a Plan B (or Plan Z) if 1B wasn't such a near-total organizational black hole at the moment.
Trading Sands keeps giving me pause. Perhaps I am irrationally worried about a Bailey/Reddick redux.
In an ideal world, Napoli catches on fire for 2013, rejects a qualifying offer, gets snapped up on the free market in 2014, netting us a pick. The best way to fill a 2014 1B void would be to have an internal solution. Trouble is, if we wanted a decent prospect for that role, a Sands clone pretty much fits the bill.
I guess I'm just not convinced about the 2013 mini-GFIN window. Although we didn't originally plan for Napoli to be a one year signing (which is a much better final outcome than 3 years with a suspect hip), we now have Napoli, Hanrahan, Drew, Ellsbury, Uehara signed for 2013 only. This isn't terrible, but if the team isn't actually competitive, the players just walk afterward to bigger contracts, or we
The 2013 roster looks quasi-competitive for a WC2 spot. So unless there's a plan to sign Hanrahan long term at a below market rate, or at least to get a look at him in the AL East before doing so, we may have traded Sands for a meaningless few games in the standings. Of course, this was done before the Napoli hip issues, and Sands was probably seen as somewhat of a spare part. It's still interesting to consider in light of Gomez/Napoli.
As a side question, assuming that trading for a 1B prospect (or pure power bat that could be converted to 1B) would be prohibitive, wouldn't there be some value in getting special personalized coaching/training for Gomez? If there's anything that can be done to tick him up a notch, I think the investment would be worth it. I've always been curious as to if teams really focus on maximizing certain players potential (not just blue chip prospects).