(CLEVELAND) — With Carlos Santana firmly entrenched as the team’s third baseman after shifting over from catcher, the Cleveland Indians have rewarded catcher Yan Gomes after a breakout 2013 campaign.
ESPN reports Gomes’ new deal is for six years and will pay him $23 million. He is expected to officially sign his deal after the team’s opening series against the Oakland Athletics.
In 88 games for the Indians last season, Gomes batted .271 with 15 home runs an drove in 51 runs. Not only was Gomes effective with his bat, but he played very well behind the plate. Along with doing a good job handling the team’s pitching staff, Gomes also threw out 38 percent of potential base stealers (18 of 47) as well.
The 26-year-old Gomes is also the first Brazillian-born player to play Major League Baseball after making his big league debut back in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Indians went 49-30 with Gomes in the lineup, and he’s expected to take on a full-time role with the club this season.
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Jill Martin, CNN