I was thinking about doing a live chat of the Yankees-Sox game on Sunday night. If I do, I had better not ask readers to Google anything for me:
For the first time, Major League Baseball’s season opener will be
televised live in China, broadcast by five outlets reaching nearly 300
million viewers, MLB announced Friday. The All-Star Game, postseason
games and “This Week in Baseball” also will be broadcast in China this
year as part of baseball’s partnerships with 90 international
It’s a shame that 300 million new viewers’ first exposure to major league baseball will be a turgid, 3.5 hour stare-and-slugfest, but it’s better than nothing.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Gomez will earn $11.5 million next season.
Gomez, 31, struggled with the Astros to a .594 OPS before the club released him in mid-August. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter and were immediately rewarded. Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 130 plate appearances through the end of the regular season.
As presently constructed, Gomez would likely take over in center field with Nomar Mazara handling left and Shin-Soo Choo in right.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks are close to signing free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Rodney, 39, has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. This past season, he was lights-out with the Padres, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28 appearances. After the Marlins acquired him at the end of June, he struggled to a 5.89 ERA in 39 appearances.
Brad Ziegler, who closed for the Diamondbacks in the first half last season, went to the Red Sox in a midseason trade and is now a free agent. The Diamondbacks had six other relievers register a save, but only Daniel Hudson and Jake Barrett recorded more than one. Adding Rodney will give the club some stability in the ninth inning.