Yan Gomes has agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.
According to those familiar with the negotiations, the Chicago Cubs and catcher Yan Gomes have agreed to terms on a two-year, $13 million contract.
During his time with the Nationals and Athletics, Gomes batted.252 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs. Gomes was moved at the deadline from Washington to Oakland.
Last season, he threw out 31 percent of base stealers and had a fielding percentage of.990.
Willson Contreras, the starter in Chicago, is set to be replaced by Gomes.
The Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics are among the teams where Gomes has spent the majority of his career.
$13 million contract with the Chicago Cubs
He spent much of his major league career with the Indians, and I wonder if Yan Gomes was particularly effective at working with the young pitchers (and other catchers who worked with the pitchers) because they were so good at producing.
In the short term, the Cubs are spending money to enhance their 2022 team. That’s a nice thing in general. To give yourself a shot of making the playoffs, they’re not going to seem like a world-beater on paper. That includes bringing in high-priced players to play in complimentary positions.
Last season’s 93 wRC+ virtually matched his lifetime wRC+ of 91, making the veteran a slightly below-average hitter for most of his career. However, it’s an acceptable backstop for a goal. Even if Willson Contreras isn’t dealt, he may still make an impact in deep, two-catcher leagues if he gets enough at-bats as a back-up.