Thursday night left fielder Jonny Gomes and the Atlanta Braves agreed on a one-year deal worth $4 million that includes a $3 million vesting option for the 2016 season.
The 34-year-old veteran may not be a future Hall of Famer with a .244 career batting average over his 12-year career, but that isn’t why he’ll be an asset to the Atlanta Braves in 2015.
Gomes is a versatile player who is best known for his clubhouse presence and leadership. Most recently he was a driving force behind the success of the 2012 Oakland Athletics who won the American League Western Division title on the season’s final day, after experts predicted they would lose 100 games that season.
Even more importantly, and you can ask anyone, he was a leader in the clubhouse for the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
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