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Nationals acquire OF Jonny Gomes and cash from Reds for two minor leaguers

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The Nationals made their first move of the trade deadline Tuesday evening, acquiring outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Cincinnati Reds, along with cash, for Double-A Harrisburg outfielder Bill Rhinehart and Single-A Hagerstown left-hander Chris Manno.

Gomes, 30, has played parts of nine major league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Reds as a career .244 hitter with a career .330 on-base percentage. He profiles as a corner outfielder and has spent the majority of his career in either right or left field and has power — crossing the 20-homer threshold three times in his career —  making him a somewhat perfect platoon partner with the left-handed Laynce Nix. Gomes is also a .281 career hitter against left-handed pitchers.

In acquiring Gomes, the Nationals shored up what is considered to be their area with the least amount of depth, the outfield, but had to part with Rhinehart, who was hitting .283 with 59 RBI this season at Double-A, and Manno, who was doing a superb job as a reliever for Single-A Hagerstown.

Rhinehart was an 11th round pick in the 2007 draft and a career .261 hitter over all levels of the Nationals minor league system in the past five years. Manno, 22, was drafted twice by the Nationals — once in 2009 in the 38th round and again last year in the 26th round — and had a career 1.47 ERA with 13 saves in 46 appearances between the Gulf Coast League last year and Hagerstown this season.
Gomes, who is projected as a Type B free agent after the season and could ultimately net the Nationals a draft pick, is expected to be in Washington on Wednesday. The Nationals will need to make 40-man and 25-man roster moves to accommodate him. 

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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