It first reported Saturday by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that the the Cleveland Indians and catcher Yan Gomes had come to an agreement on a six-year $23 million contract extension.
Source: #Indians, Yan Gomes agree to six-year, $23M contract with two club options.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 29, 2014
The deal, which includes two club options, was confirmed by MLB.com later Saturday but has not been officially announced by the Indians. The deal will be completed pending a physical. The Indians acquired Gomes in a 2012 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays along with utility man Mike Aviles for pitcher Esmil Rogers. He spent 2012 and the beginning of 2013 in Triple-A Columbus.
Gomes, 26, is the first Brazilian born player to reach the major league level and he did so just mid-season in 2013. He quickly took on the role of starting catcher down the stretch as the Indians made their playoff push. He played in 88 games for Cleveland in 2013 and batted .294 in 322 plate appearances. He hit 11 home runs, drove in 38 RBI and had an .826 OPS.
The contract is for six years and has two additional club options. The contract runs through Gomes’ first year of free agent eligibility prior to the two club options and buys out all of his arbitration years. He would not even have been eligible for arbitration until 2015.