Cubs to sign Gomes and Frazier
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, December 1, 2021

(top photo) Yan Gomes (bottom photo) Clint Frazier (photos courtesy of AP)

(CHICAGO) – Catcher Yan Gomes and the Chicago Cubs are in agreement on a two-year, $13 million contract, sources familiar with the deal have shared with the media. The team also is set to sign Clint Frazier, the former New York Yankee, to a one-year contract. Terms of that deal weren't immediately known. Gomes, 34, hit a combined .252 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs between the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics last season. Washington traded Gomes to the A's at the trading deadline. He threw out 31% of attempted base stealers last season (19 of 43) and had a .990 fielding percentage. In Chicago, Gomes likely will back up starter Willson Contreras. For his career, Gomes has a .247 average, 117 home runs and 416 RBIs in 10 major league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland, Washington and Oakland. The 27 year old Frazier was released by the Yankees last week. He was the fifth pick overall in the 2013 amateur draft by Cleveland and was a prized prospect when he was acquired by the Yankees in a July 2016 trade that sent reliever Andrew Miller to the Guardians. Frazier made his major league debut in July 2017, but the outfielder never has had more than 246 plate appearances in a season. His defense was much improved by this season, but he hit .186 with five homers and 15 RBI. He didn't play after June 30 because of what the Yankees described as vertigo-like symptoms.