Yan Gomes headed to the Nationals
The Cleveland Indians were rumored to be sellers during this year’s winter meetings–and we have their first move which could certainly trigger more to follow.
All-Star catcher Yan Gomes is headed to the Washington Nationals.
Gomes, who is under team control with team options for 2020 and ’21, was a first-time All-Star in 2018. His arrival to Washington follows the club’s free-agent signing of Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $10 million deal earlier this month. The acquisition of the 31-year-old Gomes presumably slides Suzuki into more of a backup backstop role, and the combination of the two could provide a significant offensive upgrade at a position where the Nats have struggled to find run production since the free-agent departure of Wilson Ramos after 2016.
The Indians were dealing from a position of depth, with Roberto Perez available to assume the regular catching duties and Eric Haase coming off a strong season at Triple-A Columbus that could put him in position to be the big league backup. With in-house raises and arbitration raises drastically limiting the winter budget, moving the $7.08 million owed to Gomes in 2019 provides a little bit of breathing room while bringing the organization two prospect pieces.
Outfielder Daniel Johnson will go to Cleveland in the swap. The 23-year-old has hit .281 with 30 home runs and 121 RBIs in three minor league seasons. He is not considered an elite prospect by any means.