The Indians and catcher Yan Gomes have agreed to terms on a six-year, $23 million extension that will keep Gomes under team control throughout the 2019 season, covering his two pre-arbitration seasons, three arbitration years, and a year of free agency.
Last season, Gomes hit a triple-slash line of .294/.345/.481 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 322 plate appearances (88 games). He posted a 2.9 oWAR, 1.8 dWAR, and 4.2 overall WAR in 79 starts at catcher. Overall, Gomes has posted a 117 OPS+ in 131 career games.
Gomes will become the full-time starter at catcher this season, after being a plus player behind the dish and at the plate. The Indians will likely move Carlos Santana (last season's platoon catcher with Gomes) to designated hitter. Gomes' extension will keep him as the Tribe's starting catcher for years to come.