Before Friday’s game against the Cardinals, Mets manager Jerry Manuel seemed to backpedal about the possibility of moving Jose Reyes to the No. 3 spot in the batting order anytime soon, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
“I’m going to reserve that a little bit until he feels comfortable,
until he feels good about it,” Manuel said. “It’s just a matter of
putting some things in place with the pieces that we have.”
Sounds like some lobbying by Jeff Francoeur paid off. Angel Pagan would be the obvious replacement in the leadoff spot, however he has just one hit in his last 14 at-bats while Gary Matthews Jr. is, well, Gary Matthews Jr.
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.