This is not a rebuild situation for the Indians, who once again took home the AL Central Division crown last season, but fell in the ALDS to the Houston Astros. They have already reached deals with Danny Salazar, Nick Goody, Neil Ramirez, and Eric Stamets.
This is the second catcher that the Nationals have added this off-season, as they also signed Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $10 million contract. The 35-year-old will now split time with Gomes, who was the Indians' primary catcher in the past three seasons.
Gomes is coming off a career year with the Indians, batting .266 with a career-high 26 doubles, 16 home runs, and 48 RBIs in 112 games. He came over to the Indians from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012 and was selected to his first All-Star Game last season. He will make $7 million next season, with the contract option for the 2020 campaign. Despite his recent accolades, there is no word on who will be the Nationals' primary catcher this upcoming season.