A’s finalize one-year contract with outfielder Jonny Gomes

The A’s finally made official the signing of outfielder Jonny Gomes to a one-year contract, reportedly worth $1 million plus $200,000 in possible incentives. To make room for Gomes on the 40-man roster, the A’s designated for assignment infielder Adrian Cardenas, meaning they have 10 days to trade or release Cardenas, or send him to the minors if he clears waivers.

This decision might have surprised some fans. Cardenas was the marquee prospect obtained from Philadelphia in the Joe Blanton trade of 2008, but he’s failed to crack the majors to this point. “There’s a lot of people in this organization who believe in Adrian and put in a lot of time (with him),” A’s assistant GM David Forst said. “This time of year, you end up having to make tough roster decisions.”

Cardenas’ main position is second base (where Jemile Weeks is now entrenched), and the A’s have also tried him at third base and left field. He’s a career .303 hitter in the minors but has never reached double-digit homers in a single season. You would like to see more power from a potential third baseman or corner outfielder.

The A’s received three players in that 2008 Blanton trade: Cardenas, lefty Josh Outman (recently traded to Colorado along with Guillermo Moscoso for outfielder Seth Smith) and outfielder Matt Spencer (traded to the Cubs along with two others after the 2009 season for Jake Fox and Aaron Miles). Looking back, that deal simply hasn’t panned out.

But it’s worth noting that Cardenas is still just 24. Forst said the A’s would like to retain him if he clears waivers, so perhaps he can still make an impact.

As for the right-handed hitting Gomes, he’ll definitely get at-bats against lefties, either in the outfield or at DH. Smith, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick are the A’s projected outfield starters, left to right. Smith and Reddick hit left-handed and Crisp is a switch hitter. “Clearly we’re left-handed-heavy in both corners and with our potential first base/DH options,” Forst said. “We’ve been on the lookout for an experienced right-handed bat, and Jonny has had a lot of success hitting left-handers over the years.”

Joe Stiglich

  • zgoddbap

    Gomes,batted 209 last year.
    What a great pick up.
    I think were set.
    Lets go A’s.

  • Stan

    Wolff on THGAME: “If these trades dont work in 3-4 years,then I dont know what direction we go in”…!!! Lew,you only go in the direction of money..and after that,yes,you and Beane don’t know what your doing as you’ve proved year after year.
    Funny,how the Oak. Thunder just rolled through town with THREE happy superstars. Yet Oak.Ca,cant have any according to Beane.

  • Stan

    And of course I never heard of an old man like Wolff to know the “blue panel” has made a decision…and Wolff won’t demand his friend of 50 years tell him?
    What kind of BS is that? It’s not even remotely believeable!..just fantasy.

  • Stan

    Hey Kids-Susan S.,the Coloseum packed 47,000 to see a kid win a motto cross. Gee,when people win..the Coloseum fills up. Somebody inform Slick Billy I found the best strategy and cure for the A’s.

  • Stan

    The A’s CHARGED TO FANFEST…lol,greed,greed,greed!

  • Stan

    And Vida Blue all but said this org.isnt interested in winning. And Vida is right.