Yan Gomes, C, RHH, 31
The Rays will be in the market for a catcher with an impact bat this offseason, but why pay Wilson Ramos when Yan Gomes is cheaper and available via trade.
Coming off of his best year since 2014, Yan Gomes could provide the Rays with a controllable and cheaper alternative through 2021 as they wait for Ronaldo Hernandez to arrive.
Hitting .266 with 16 bombs and 48 runs batted in 2018, Yan Gomes performed better than all Rays catchers not named Wilson Ramos. Behind the plate, Yan Gomes would be more athletic than Wilson Ramos. At the plate, he would probably hit a few less bombs than the Buffalo and drive in fewer runs but still be an upgrade behind the plate.
Gomes is owed 27 million over the next 3 years, but the good thing is that the final 2 years are club options with million dollar buyouts each year. In 2019, Yan is only owed 7 million and could prove to be worth every penny just as he was in 2018 with 2.6 WAR.
Gomes is owed 9 million in 2020 and 11 million the following year. With both years being club options, the Rays have a lot of flexibility. He would be cheaper than Ramos and certainly cheaper than Grandal.
The asking price should not be astronomical and I believe the Rays should seriously look into a trade involving Gomes.