Gomes added to roster, Stairs designated for assignment

The Nationals added outfielder Jonny Gomes to their 25-man roster and designated first baseman Matt Stairs for assignment.

On Tuesday, Gomes was acquired along with cash considerations from the Reds in exchange for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and left-handed pitcher Chris Manno.

Gomes, 30, was hitting .211 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs this season with Cincinnati. His best season came last year, when he drove in a career-high 86 runs for the Reds.

Gomes is looked upon as a right-handed power hitter off the bench. He will also platoon with Laynce Nix in left field. He has a career .281 batting average against left-handers.

As for Stairs, he hit .154 with two RBIs in 56 games this season with Washington. He really didn’t receive any significant amount of playing time until Davey Johnson took over as manager in late June.

The Nationals have 10 days to trade Stairs, reassign him to the Minor Leagues or release him.

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