Jonny Gomes has enough good qualities to be worth a roster spot. He mashes lefthanders (.276/.371/.507 in his career) and is a decent base runner for someone without great speed. What he's not is an everyday leftfielder. Gomes has very poor range, rating next-to-last among leftfielders in Ultimate Zone Rating a year ago, and he doesn't hit righties nearly well enough (.233/.309/.438 career) to make up for that. He's a platoon player whom Dusty Baker has turned into an everyday one due to a high RBI total—and it's hurting the Reds. If Baker doesn't want to turn left field over to the power bat and young legs of Chris Heisey, he can at least use Fred Lewis against most righties. Lewis gets on base at a higher rate than does Gomes (.348 career, .354 versus RHP) and represents the best solution to the Reds' gaping hole in the leadoff slot. Gomes has worth against lefty starters and as a pinch hitter, but Baker's allegiance to him isn't something the Reds can afford.