Angels setup man Fernando Rodney isn’t getting any closer to returning to the major leagues.
According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the rehabbing reliever has been shut down indefinitely due to ongoing discomfort in his back.
Rodney was placed on the 15-day disabled list in early June with an upper-back strain. He was cleared last week to begin a throwing program but had to skip his latest workout after feeling renewed pain and there’s no timetable for him to return to the mound.
Rodney had a 4.09 ERA, 18/15 K/BB ratio and 1.41 WHIP in 22 innings before landing on the disabled list. He’ll be sidelined now until at least late July.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that a team — identity unknown — has offered $92 million to closer Aroldis Chapman.
We’re definitely in Crazy Town when it comes to relievers. Earlier this week the Giants made Mark Melancon the highest-paid reliever in history with a “mere” $62 million deal. Yesterday the Cubs traded for Wade Davis. Kenley Jansen is out on the market looking to get a deal larger than that. Chapman — who posted 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings while helping the Cubs win the World Series — will,in all likelihood, top them all.
Teams reportedly in pursuit of Chapman: the Yankees, for whom he played last season before being traded to Chicago, the Nationals, Marlins and Dodgers.
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.