Jonny Gomes Traded To Washington Nationals For Two Minor Leaguers, Matt Stairs Released
The Nationals have acquired Jonny Gomes from the Reds for two minor leaguers. Gomes is hitting .211 this season, but does have 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. The Nationals have designated Matt Stairs for assignment to make room for Gomes.
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The Washington Nationals had to let somebody go off their 25-man roster after netting Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for two minor leaguers. As expected, the man to go is Matt Stairs. The Nationals announced they have designated Stairs for assignment, potentially ending his 19-year baseball career.
Stairs was signed in the offseason, but his skills even as a pinch hitter had diminished. He had just 10 hits in 65 at-bats this season, and had essentially become another coach. He hit six home runs in 2010 with the San Diego Padres, but could not come close to matching that this year.
For his career thus far, Stairs hit 265 home runs while playing for 12 different teams. If this is indeed the end of his run, it was a heck of a career for one of baseball's most unique players. We shall see if any team picks him up.
If Gomes is projected as a Type-B and indeed he goes to free agency this could be potentially a solid and almost ingenious move by the Nationals Front Office. Not only does this knowledge make the trade of Gomes and cash for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and LHP Chris Manno more tolerable and understandable, it makes for a fantastically smart way of backdooring prospects.
Gomes will be in Washington by Wednesday night and will be another weapon off the bench for the bench-happy manager Davey Johnson. Gomes will also be reunited with former Cincinnati teammate Laynce Nix.
Gomes is not a name that was on the radar in the latest MLB trade rumors. He's a power hitter that doesn't hit well for average, but can supply some pop as a right-handed hitter. This season, his third with the Reds, he was hitting just .211 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs, with a .336 on-base percentage. Last season, he hit .266 with 18 home runs, 86 RBIs and a .327 on-base percentage. However, he is also a free agent, so it is unclear if he has much of a future with the team.
It's not immediately clear where Gomes will play. Jayson Werth is in right field, so perhaps Gomes can play some left field. He can also be a pinch-hitter. Rhinehart is a 26-year old outfielder in Double-A, so he's not a significant prospect. Marro was a decent prospect who had picked up 12 saves for Single-A Hagerstown.