There has been persistent talk all offseason that the Cubs want to bring in some "veteran leadership." It seems they have done so with the trade for Miguel Montero and the signings of Jon Lester and Jason Hammel, but the Cubs are also rumored to be wanting to get a veteran righthanded-hitting outfielder.
This name has been mentioned before, but there might be more to it now:
Already some chatter that Jonny Gomes now could be joining #Cubs, is a Lester buddy and a longtime Maddon favorite— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 10, 2014
Gomes played for Joe Maddon with the Rays from 2006-08 and likely became Lester's friend when they were Red Sox teammates in 2013 and 2014, and he and Lester went to the Athletics in the deal last July that sent Yoenis Cespedes to Boston. Gomes had a good year in Boston in 2013, hitting .247/.344/.426 with 13 home runs in 352 at-bats and hit a key home run in Game 4 during the Red Sox' World Series run.
Granted, he's 34 and I have sometimes been down on older players. But for the role Gomes would play for the Cubs, he seems ideal and likely wouldn't cost too much, as he made $5 million in 2014 and probably wouldn't be in line to make much more than that in 2015. He crushes lefthanded pitching (.277/.376/.485 lifetime) and, though this would give the Cubs a glut of outfielders, maybe it would make a trade chip out of Justin Ruggiano.
Gomes has a reputation as kind of a wild child, but the Cubs might just be able to use someone like that to keep things loose in the clubhouse, and clearly Maddon knows how to handle him.
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