After winning the 2019 World Series Championship with the Washington Nationals, catcher Yan Gomes has decided to return to the organization after the team declined his option. Gomes agreed to a 2-year, $10 million contract with the Nationals after just completing a World Series championship run with the organization. Jeff Passan reported the agreement between the two sides.
Catcher Yan Gomes and the Washington Nationals are in agreement on a two-year, $10 million deal that will return the veteran to the reigning champions, sources tell ESPN. Gomes caught the final out of the World Series and will rejoin Kurt Suzuki as the Nationals’ catching tandem.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 28, 2019
The Nationals brought back Gomes after a not so great season, he managed a .223/.316/.389 slash line with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 2019. Gomes appeared in 97 games in 2019, splitting time with Kurt Suzuki who will remain with the Nationals, keeping the tandem intact. Gomes spent his prior five seasons as a member of the Cleveland Indians after breaking into the league with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The free-agent market is slowly but surely taking shape, there are still catchers available but the biggest name has fallen off the board. Yasmani Grandal signed a four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox taking the biggest catching name off the market, but the Nationals still were able to keep their catching tandem intact and bring back Gomes for two seasons.