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According to a report by the Herald's Scott Lauber, the Red Sox are close to signing outfielder Jonny Gomes to a two-year deal. This may be a back-up plan to re-signing Cody Ross. If so, it is a woeful substitute. Gomes, who turns 32 tomorrow, is a career .244 hitter over 10 seasons in the bigs. His career .334 OBP is underwhelming as well—although last year he posted an on-base percentage of .377 (in 99 games for the AL West Champion Oakland A's). This just doesn't seem like the quality, "disciplined" signing we need to get competitive in the AL East.