The Angels had no problem taking on Vernon Wells’ $81 million deal, but dadgummit they fought Jered Weaver over less than $1.5 million. In arbitration, that is. An arbitration that was held yesterday. Which the Angels have won, reports MLBTR.
Weaver wanted $8.8 million. The Angels offered him $7.365 million, which seems at least two places past the decimal point too specific, but who cares?
Weaver is 28 and he’s the clear ace of the Angels’ staff. He had a 3.01 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 34 starts last season, with 233 strikeouts and only 54 walks in 224.1 innings. He also only went eight innings or longer in only three games, which means that if he played for the Twins they’d be looking to trade him for Michael Young or something. At least that’s what the Star Tribune tells me.
The Mets are concerned with starter Jacob deGrom and are considering pushing back his next start, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. The club thinks the right-hander is fatigued.
deGrom, 28, has had another strong season, currently standing with a 2.96 ERA and a 137/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings. However, he’s battled command issues in his last two starts. Against the Giants and Cardinals, he gave up a combined 13 earned runs on 25 hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in nine and two-thirds innings.
The Mets are already without Steven Matz, Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey, and Jon Niese. deGrom’s recent bout is just the latest in what has been a season-long starting pitching struggle for the club. Nevertheless, only the Cubs (2.85) and Nationals (3.57) have posted a better aggregate starting pitching ERA than the Mets’ 3.66.
The Rangers have called up outfielder Carlos Gomez from Triple-A Round Rock and designated outfielder Drew Stubbs for assignment, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Gomez is in Thursday night’s starting lineup against the Indians, batting eighth and playing left field.
Gomez, 30, put up a paltry .210/.272/.322 triple-slash line in 323 plate appearances for the Astros. That forced the Astros to designate him for assignment before eventually releasing him earlier this month.
In 14 plate appearances with Round Rock, Gomez racked up two singles, a double, and a triple. The Rangers hope he can fill the void left by Shin-Soo Choo, who is expected to miss the rest of the season.