Braves sign Jonny Gomes to play left field

Jonny Gomes will be the newest acquisition for the Braves.

The Braves have signed another outfielder Jonny Gomes to a one-year contract. Reports have the contract being worth $4 million with a vesting option for 2016.

Gomes has been in the big leagues for 12 years with Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington, Oakland and Boston. He has a career. 244 batting average with a .335 on base percentage, 155 home runs and 500 RBI.

Last season Gomes split the season between Boston and Oakland. He hit a combined .234 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 273 at bats.

The 34-year-old outfielder will likely see significant time in left field. It's possible Gomes will split time in a platoon with Zolio Almonte, who was signed after last season from the Yankees.

In his career, the right-handed hitting Gomes has hit .277 against left-handed pitchers and only .222 against right-handed pitchers. Last season Gomes hit only .165 against right-handed pitchers and .276 against southpaws.

Last season in Triple-A for the Yankees, Almonte, who is a switch-hitter, batted .189 against left-handed pitchers with one home runs and 11 RBI in 111 at bats. Against right-handed pitchers, Almonte hit .272 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 346 at bats.

Gomes also has a great reputation as a good clubhouse guy, which is sorely needed after last year's team that had numerous issues. The Braves have also brought in Kelly Johnson, A.J. Pierzynski and Nick Markakis to help the ailing clubhouse and help the young players on the roster develop.

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