Here’s the latest development in the sad saga of former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden.
According to the Associated Press via NBCSports.com, Gooden was sentenced to five years’ probation yesterday after pleading guilty in New Jersey to child endangerment. He was also ordered to undergo outpatient drug treatment.
The charges date back to a March 2010 traffic accident where Gooden was under the influence of cocaine with his then 5-year-old son riding in the back seat without a seat belt. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the accident.
Gooden, now 46 years old, could have faced up to three years in state prison. He has routinely wasted second chance after second chance during his life, so I’m not expecting things to suddenly change now, though I’d be thrilled if he finally turned his life around.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.