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Red Sox agree to deal with outfielder Gomes

Red Sox agree to deal with outfielder Gomes

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Red Sox agree to deal with outfielder Gomes
BOSTON -- Though the Red Sox haven't given up on re-signing Cody Ross, an MLB source confirmed on Wednesday that they have agreed to a contract with free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, who has similar credentials. The two-year, $10 million deal -- pending a physical -- was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

It remains to be seen how much of a role the Red Sox -- one of several teams to negotiate with the right-handed-hitting slugger in recent days -- will ask Gomes to play. What is clear is that his pull power from the right side makes him a good fit at Fenway Park, particularly against left-handed pitchers.

Gomes is also noted for having a positive clubhouse influence, something that will make him a good fit for a Red Sox team that is trying to improve its culture.

Gomes has topped 500 at-bats just once in his career, back in 2010, with the Reds.

Last year he helped the surprising Oakland Athletics reach the postseason by batting .262 with 18 homers, 47 RBIs and a .377 on-base percentage in 333 plate appearances.

Over a 10-year career, Gomes, who turns 32 on Thanksgiving, is a .244 hitter with 136 homers, 411 RBIs and a .790 OPS. Gomes broke in with the Rays, where he played from 2003 to 2008. He played for the Reds for 2 1/2 seasons before finishing the '11 season with the Nationals.

The Athletics signed Gomes to a one-year deal on Jan. 26, 2012.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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