Ex-Ray Jonny Gomes joining the ... Red Sox
Former Rays OF/DH Jonny Gomes has a new home, and a nice contact - two years for a reported $10-millon - to go with it.
And his ex-mates will be seeing a lot of him as he is signing with the Red Sox.
In addition to his power against left-hand pitching, Gomes is known for his strong clubhouse presence and leadership, as well as his willingness to stick up for teammates.
The Rays saw that several times during his tenure, ironically most during a 2008 brawl in Boston, for which he was suspended five games,
After word got out that Gomes - who turns 32 on Thursday - was close to the deal, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported the terms.
Gomes was drafted by the Rays in 2001 and played with them from 2003-08. He then was with the Reds, Nationals and last year with the A's, for whom he hit 18 homers and had 47 RBIs in limited duty, with a .377 OBP.
He certainly has liked played against the Rays, going 10-for-29 (.345) with three homers, two off Joel Peralta last season that proved to be game-winners.
Also, for St. Petersburg College standout Bryan LaHair, released on Tuesday by the Cubs, has agreed to a deal with Japan's SoftBank Hawks and according to various reports could make in excess of $4-million over two years.