Chicago Cubs

Jonny Gomes In Negotiations With Cubs, Dye Pricing Himself Out.

CINCINNATI - JULY 19:  Jonny Gomes #31 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after hitting a two run home run in the 8th inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on July 19, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Patrick SchaeferCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2010

     According to Dave Kaplan the Cubs are in negotiations with Jonny Gomes, "their first choice" to be the team's fourth outfielder. Dye is pricing himself out of a job, just too expensive for the cubs limited budget. At 29 years old Gomes still has upside and is entering his prime. He hit 20 home runs last year for the Cincinnatti Reds in only 281 at bats, he had 51 rbis and hit .307 vs. lefties. Jonny plays both corner outfield spots. He may also be the cheapest option for the job.

     Gomes was quoted by the Chicago Sun times saying "Most guys are [seeking multi-year deals]. I think that’s kind of where I stand out with other free agents,’’ he said. ``With Rocco [Baldelli], Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson and Jermaine Dye, I’m one of the youngest. If I was ever to hold out for a multi-year deal or a whole lot of money, it wouldn’t be after a year with [281] at-bats, regardless what the run-production numbers were. I definitely want to be treated fair, but I’m not really looking to break the bank or for a lot of years. I’m looking to help the team get to the playoffs."

     He would definitely fill the platoon role nicely with a career .885 OPS against left handed pitching. Gomes is familiar with cubs manager Lou Pinella as well, he played for Lou with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2005, as a rookie. If signed look for him to be playing some first base as well in spring training. During the season he would platoon with Fukodome in right, rest Soriano in left and Lee at first base.

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