The Red Sox and outfielder Jonny Gomes are close to finalizing a two-year deal.

Oakland Athletics' Jonny Gomes, left, celebrates with Josh Reddick, and Coco Crisp (4) after Crisp drove in the the game-winning run in the 15th inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 3 in Oakland, Calif. Gomes is about to join the Red Sox. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Gomes batted .262/.377/.491/.868 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics this past season.

He certainly has taken an interesting path to the majors. He, his mother and brother lived in a homeless shelter for about a month when Gomes was a teenager.

He also suffered a heart attack on Christmas Eve in 2002 at just 22 years old.

Gomes has power. He has belted 136 homers over his eight-plus major league seasons. He is a .244/.334/.455/.790 career hitter.

The right-handed batter is hitting .284/.382/.512/.894 in his career vs. lefties as opposed to .223/.307/.425/.732 against right-handers.

He is expected to be a platoon player for Boston.

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