UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com says the deal will be worth $900,000 if Mahay makes the big league roster and remains on it.
6:33 PM: The Dodgers have officially announced the minor league contract on their team Twitter feed.
6:14 PM: From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Dodgers have nearly agreed to a contract with left-handed reliever Ron Mahay.
Mahay drew interest from the Red Sox and Mets earlier this offseason, but talks with those clubs never got far.
The 39-year-old is likely to serve in a lefty specialist role out in Los Angeles this season, as long as everything goes smoothly this spring.
He finished with a solid 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 34 innings last year for the American League Central champion Twins, holding left-handed batters to a cool .219/.239/.281 batting line.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times says that the new contract is of the minor league variety and carries an invitation to spring training, where Mahay will have to prove his worth.
Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez sat out the final series of the regular season in order to rest a strained left intercostal muscle, but there was good news coming out of a workout today in advance of Tuesday’s Wild Card game vs. the Yankees.
This has been a lingering issue for Gomez, who missed 13 straight games with the injury last month. He aggravated the strain on a throw to home plate last Wednesday and was forced to sit while the Astros fought to keep their season alive. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters last week that Gomez’s injury would typically take 45-50 days to recover from, so it’s fair to wonder how productive he can be during the postseason.
Gomez mostly struggled after coming over from the Brewers at the trade deadline, batting .242 with four home runs and a .670 OPS over 41 games.
Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t pitched in a month due to right elbow inflammation, but he told Chad Jennings of the Journal News today that he expects to pitch out of the bullpen if the Yankees advance to the ALDS against the Royals.
Eovaldi was originally expected to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today, but the Yankees moved up his timetable after the news that CC Sabathia was checking into alcohol rehab. Instead, he threw 10 pitches in a bullpen session before facing hitters for the first time since his injury.
There isn’t enough time for Eovaldi to get stretched out to start during the ALDS, but he could still play an important role for the Yankees, especially with Adam Warren looking like the most likely option to replace Sabathia in the rotation.