Indians reportedly locking up catcher Yan Gomes
MAR 29, 2014 8:13p ET
With two days until the opener, the Indians have locked up another of their young players.
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the team has agreed to a six-year, $23 million extension with catcher Yan Gomes. The Indians have not announced the signing.
Gomes, who was acquired from Toronto along with Mike Aviles in a Nov. 3, 2012, trade with Toronto, made 79 starts at catcher last season including 39 of the last 55 games in the regular season. He finished second among Major League catchers with at least 275 plate appearances in slugging percentage (.491) and third in batting average (.298). Of his 86 hits, 31 went for extra bases.
Besides what he can do offensively, Gomes threw out 18 of 47 runners who attempted to steal off him. The 38.3 percentage would have led the American League if he had more appearances. After what he did last season, Gomes was made the primary catcher going into this year with Carlos Santana moving to third. Santana will back up Gomes at catcher.
This is the second major signing that the Tribe has made leading up to the opener. Before the start of spring training, they inked outfielder Michael Brantley to a five-year deal worth $25 million. Even though talks with pitcher Justin Masterson broke down, they are still in discussions about an extension with second baseman Jason Kipnis.