The Braves traded outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Kansas City Royals Monday night before the roster deadline. Atlanta will receiver minor league infielder Luis Valenzuela in the trade.
Gomes hit .223 this season with seven home runs and 22 RBI. But more than the numbers, Gomes provided tremendous leadership to a young roster. He was particularly a positive influence on Freddie Freeman, who is assuming a more prominent role with the team.
Valenzuela was hitting .364 between the Rookie Idaho Falls team and Low-A Lexington. He had a .339 average with Lexington with three home runs and15 RBI. His on base percentage between the two teams is .385.
Valenzuela was originally in the Red Sox’ farm system but was let go in November of the same year he was signed. Kansas City signed him and last season Valenzuela hit .259 with two home runs, 29 RBI and five stolen bases at Idaho Falls.
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