It looks like Yan Gomes isn’t planning to leave C-Town anytime soon…
The 26-year-old Brazilian professional baseball catcher has reportedly agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with the Cleveland Indians following his breakout season in 2013, according to the Associated Press.
Gomes batted .294 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 88 games last season, his first with the Indians. He must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized, according to AP sources.
FOXSports.com first reported the $23 million, six-year deal, which includes two club options.
Gomes is not expected to sign the contract until the Indians return home following their season-opening series in Oakland.
Gomes — the first Brazilian-born player in Major League Baseball — began last season at Triple-A Columbus, but after being brought up in April he stayed the rest of the year and was a major contributor as the Indians made the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
In addition to providing power to Cleveland’s lineup, Gomes was a defensive dynamo behind the plate. He threw out 38 percent (18 of 47) of potential base stealers and did a nice job handling the pitching staff.
The Indians went 49-30 when Gomes started, and his emergence prompted the club to move Carlos Santana to third base this spring. Santana is expected to back up Gomes, play some third and also DH.
During Cleveland’s late-season playoff push, Gomes batted .309 in September. He hit .296 overall with runners in scoring position.
The Indians acquired Gomes and infielder Mike Aviles before last season in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for right-hander Esmil Rogers.