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.