Nationals acquire Jonny Gomes from Cincinnati for minor leaguers

The Washington Nationals today acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash considerations from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and left-handed pitcher Chris Manno. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Gomes is a career .244 hitter (554-for-2274) with 109 doubles, 115 home runs and 352 RBI in 738 career games spanning portions of nine big league seasons spent with Cincinnati (2009-11) and Tampa Bay (2003-08). Thanks to 254 walks, Gomes sports a .330 career on-base percentage.

Gomes has averaged more than 17 home runs per campaign since 2005, despite only receiving more than 400 at-bats once. Three times since 2005, Gomes hit 20 or more home runs in a single season.

A potent right-handed bat, Gomes has taxed opposing left-handed pitchers during his career, hitting .281 with 41 doubles, 39 RBI, 96 walks and an .886 OPS.

At the time of the trade, the 26 year-old Rhinehart was batting .283 with 59 RBI in 89 games with Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League.

Manno, 22, earned 12 saves in 34 appearances this year with Hagerstown of the Single-A South Atlantic League.