Orioles reportedly interested in veteran Jonny Gomes

November 15, 2012 | WNST Staff

As the offseason continues to heat up, the Orioles reportedly have interest in free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes.

The 31-year-old veteran played in Oakland this past season, but the Athletics’ acquisition of Chris Young has left Gomes looking for a new home and multiple reports have linked him to Baltimore.

The Orioles would likely be seeking a one-year contract and a part-time role for Gomes, who hit .262 with 18 home runs and 47 runs batted in in 279 at-bats last season. The ideal fit for Gomes would be a platoon role as a designated hitter, with his ability to feast on left-handed pitching.

In 196 plate appearances against southpaws in 2012, Gomes posted a .974 OPS and hit 11 home runs. In contrast, Gomes only hit .209 and had a .715 OPS against right-handers.

If the Orioles are content with Wilson Betemit sharing designated hitter duties, Gomes would be an ideal complement for a platoon. Betemit hit .302 and posted an .859 OPS in 280 plate appearances against right-handed pitching, but the switch-hitter batted .140 and had an anemic .405 OPS against left-handers in 96 plate appearances.

However, it remains to be seen whether Gomes would accept a one-year deal or a part-time role in Baltimore.