I just realized something, and it really pains me to say this: Walt Jockety has made a terrible, terrible mistake. After an initial hesitancy I've come to warm up to Walt as a GM; he's made a number of moves that have come out of nowhere, and more often than not they've worked wonderfully. It's rare that he's completely dropped the ball, in my estimation.
Unfortunately, I think I've discovered just such an occurance. Just moments ago, I was perusing MLBTradeRumors and came across this little blurb. Read that first note again: Austin Kearns is available, which I had forgotten.
To me, Kearns would be a clear upgrade over Gomes, for no more money (probably less). He doesn't have quite the power that Gomes does, but his .353 OBP makes up for it. In addition, he has a solid defesive reputation while Gomes....doesn't.
I know his career hasn't gone the way we once hoped it would; I also realize he's somewhat fragile. But honestly, can you point at someone else who'd clearly improve the team for under $2M/yr?