Royals trade for veteran Gomes

Despite the off day, the KC Royals front office was still at work. They acquired veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash from Atlanta for minor league infielder Luis Valenzuela.

Luis Valenzuela during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Luis Valenzuela during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Valenzuela was with Lexington and was pulled in the 7th inning of the Legends 8-1 victory (0-for-3 with a run scored). Overall, he was hitting .333 in 48 games. He will now join Low-A Rome, which is also in the South Atlantic League.

Gomes was hitting just .221 with seven doubles, seven home runs, and 22 RBIs in 83 games with the Braves.

Gomes has reached the postseason in four of the last five seasons. He has always been known as a good clubhouse presence, which is not something the Royals have had problems with.

Gomes should give the Royals a good bat off the bench if they reach the World Series, but we all know that manager Ned Yost is not good about using his bench. So how much playing time will he actually get before then?

The addition of Gomes gives the Royals even more outfielders (which they didn’t need). Who will be the odd man out when the postseason rolls around?

I guess this means there will no September callup for a guy like Brett Eibner (he played tonight in Colorado Springs).

With rosters set to expand tomorrow, it is expected that the Royals will activate outfielder Alex Gordon from the DL and add a few more players, like right-hander Miguel Almonte, who is rumored to be among the callups.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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