A’s agree to terms with outfielder Gomes



OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics and outfielder Jonny Gomes have agreed to a one-year contract.

The A’s cleared room on the 40-man roster for Gomes on Thursday by designating infielder Adrian Cardenas for assignment.

The 31-year-old Gomes — from nearby Petaluma — batted .209 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs last year for Cincinnati and Washington in his ninth major league season. He will provide outfield depth for the rebuilding A’s, who haven’t had a winning record or made the playoffs since being swept in the 2006 AL championship series by Detroit.

Oakland’s starting outfield is slated as newly acquired Seth Smith in left, re-signed Coco Crisp in center and new acquisition Josh Reddick in right. Collin Cowgill, acquired from Arizona in December, also is in the mix off the bench.