Gomes can help Nats; Alonso to get ABs 

July, 26, 2011
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The Cincinnati Reds traded left fielder Jonny Gomes to the Washington Nationals for the minor league contracts of first baseman/outfielder Bill Rhinehart and right-handed pitcher Chris Manno. The Reds made the move to open up left field for top hitting prospect Yonder Alonso, who was promoted at the same time the deal was made. Alonso is a well below-average defender in left field, but so were Adam Dunn and Gomes. Alonso’s bat should be a positive addition to the Reds' lineup.

The Nationals plan to use Gomes in a platoon in left field and as a right-handed bat off the bench, according to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. The Nationals also will be eligible for a Type B compensation pick when Gomes becomes a free agent at season's end. The Nats feel that the compensation pick will have far more value in the draft than the players they’re giving up in this move.

The Reds get Manno, a 22-year-old soft-tossing left-hander with a decent curve who gets hitters out in low Class-A ball. They also get a 26-year-old first baseman/outfielder in Rhinehart, who has hit 21 home runs and driven in 59 runs with Double-A Harrisburg. Rhinehart and Manno are not considered major league prospects.

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