There is no doubt that Yan Gomes has come out of nowhere to be one of the best players on the team.
The big question is whether or not Gomes can sustain it going forward. Because no one has come out of where quite like him.
What we know is that Gomes owns a .313/.358/.534 line, a 148 wRC+, and a 2.6 fWAR in 54 games (all stats as of this writing, which was before Friday’s game), marks that only leave him behind Jason Kipnis on the team.
Acquiring Aviles for Rogers would have been a good trade for Cleveland, as Aviles seems to be a better player than Rogers. But Anthopoulos also threw Gomes into this trade.
Anthopoulos’ biggest problem in 2013 is his big trade with the Miami Marlins not working out. This smaller deal, however, is also not looking so good for the Blue Jays.
Leaving aside the question of whether or not Anthopoulos is a good general manager, Gomes’ value in the offseason was less than Rogers’. Now Gomes is playing at a pace that would give him around 8.0 WAR over a full season. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, August 17, 2013