By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Chicago Cubs have signed free agent Yan Gomes to a two-year contract. He can receive $13 million from the deal.
Gomes will compete with Willson Contreras for the starting catcher job. Contreras is entering the final year of his contract with the Cubs, as he is eligible to become a free agent following the 2022 season.
This past season, Gomes played for the Washington Nationals and the Oakland Athletics. The 34-year-old will be entering his fifth MLB team once he joins the Cubs.
In his career, he also played for the Cleveland Indians (now the Cleveland Guardians), and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gomes has played just 190 games in his career in the National League. He has a .250 batting average with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs in the NL.
However, in 692 games in the American League, he has a .246 batting average with 92 home runs and 325 RBIs.
He began the 2021 season with the Nationals, where he played in 63 games. He had a .323 batting average with nine home runs and 35 RBIs. He was then traded to the Athletics, along with Josh Harrison, for minor leaguers Richard Gausch, Drew Millas, and Seth Shuman.
Following the trade, he had a .221 batting average in 40 games with the Athletics. He had five home runs and 17 RBIs.
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