BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Red Sox have reportedly reached a deal with free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he agreed to a two-year contract with the Red Sox worth $10 million.
Gomes, who will turn 32 on Thanksgiving, batted .262 with 18 homers and an .868 OPS in 99 games for the A’s last season, his third team in the past two years. He hit .209 between Cincinnati and Washington in 2010 and owns a career .244 batting average and .790 OPS. He’s topped the 20-homer mark three times in his career.
Red Sox fans may remember Gomes best for his role in the infamous Coco Crisp-James Shields brawl at Fenway Park in 2008. Gomes, then a member of the Rays, piled on top of Crisp after the Sox outfielder charged the mound, delivering several punches along the way. Gomes was suspended five games for his actions. Interestingly, Carl Crawford, whom the Red Sox would sign two years later, was also suspended four games for throwing punches in that brawl.