Huston Street is going to be out a while, but the Rockies should survive

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Moving from San Francisco to Colorado, the Rockies look to be without their closer for the foreseeable future:

His arm caked in ice, his right biceps tendon hooked up to an electronic stimulator, Huston Street contemplated what will become of his season.

“Right now it’s wait-and-see and hope the inflammation dies down a little bit,” the Rockies closer said late Wednesday night after biceps tendonitis prevented him from putting the finishing touches on the Rockies’ 5-2 victory the Mets. “You sit back and hope that it gets better. That’s how you have to deal with tendonitis.”

Street has saved 33 of 34 chances. His replacement, Franklin Morales, is actually having a really good season too, so this may not be as gigantic headache as one might think. Morales and Street have essentially identical ERAs and strikeout rates.

Morales walks a few more guys than does Street.  Which actually may not be as big a problem for him closing as it is setting up inasmuch as closers are less likely to come into games with men already on base than are eighth inning guys like Morales.

No, you never want to lose your relief ace, but Colorado will probably be OK without him.  For a while anyway.

Rays sign Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal

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The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.

The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.