John Fay spoke with Jonny Gomes about whether he’d be back in 2010. That seems to depend on a couple of things.

First, and most importantly, will the Reds offer Gomes arbitration? If they do, Gomes says he would accept.

If the Reds don’t offer arbitration to the big guy, however, Gomes would be a free agent. Would he consider re-signing with the Reds?

If the Reds don’t offer Gomes arbitration and try to bring him back as a free agent, it will come down one thing: Playing time.

“I’m going to be in the situation I was last offseason,” Gomes said. “It’s a time in your career where you could take the opportunity to play close to home. It’s time in career where you could go for the most money. For me, it’s time in my career where I’m still looking for that opportunity. I’m still looking for gate to gate with 500, 600 at-bats.”

Can the Reds offer him that?

“I don’t know,” Dusty Baker said. “That’s way down the line.”

I don’t know if the Reds can offer him that either, but I’d sure like to see Gomes return in 2010.