Columnist boycotting ESPN's baseball coverage

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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle dedicated a blog post this afternoon to bashing ESPN’s New York-heavy baseball coverage.  As Schulman notes, the Mets will appear on “Sunday Night Baseball” tomorrow night for the third consecutive week and they’re on again for a May 23 matchup with the Yankees. 

In response to the New York love, Schulman, a writer for most things San Francisco, is boycotting Sunday night’s game.  So, check out his post.  Support the cause.  You know, if you’re a mid-market baseball fan into complaining about the sport’s national coverage.

To be honest, it seems like a tired argument.  ESPN wants ratings, and a game between the Giants and Rockies simply won’t bring the same kind of numbers of a Mets or Yankees game.  With cable, satellite and MLB.tv, it’s easier than ever to follow your favorite team.  Why not just do what us smart baseball fans do and ignore the World Wide Leader altogether?  MLB Network at least shows highlights.

Rangers sign Carlos Gomez to a one-year, $11.5 million deal

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 07:  Carlos Gomez #14 of the Texas Rangers looks on in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game two of the American League Divison Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 7, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: Diamondbacks close to signing Fernando Rodney

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Miami Marlins celebrates after the game against the Kansas City Royals at Marlins Park on August 24, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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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.