Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will hire Curt Young as their new pitching coach.
Young was the A’s pitching coach for the past six seasons, but reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to remain in Oakland. Instead he’ll head to Boston to replace John Farrell, who left the Red Sox to last month to become the Blue Jays’ manager.
Oakland led the AL in ERA this season and finished among the league’s top six in run prevention every year under Young, so he brings a pretty solid track record to Boston. He also worked with Red Sox manager Terry Francona when they were both members of the A’s organization back in 2003.
Yesterday the A’s promoted bullpen coach Ron Romanick as Young’s replacement.
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.