At least, that’s what SI.com’s Jon Heyman said in his column Monday.
The White Sox are planning to go forward with a six-man rotation for now, but they do have a starter to spare and Edwin Jackson, a free agent at season’s end, would be the one to go in the event of a trade.
Jackson is 5-7 with a 4.30 ERA and a 92/34 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings this season. He’s pitched better since the end of April, with a 3.53 ERA and just 17 walks in 71 1/3 innings.
The White Sox remain in contention in the AL Central, so they’d likely look for some major league talent in return for Jackson. GM Ken Williams, though, may have the confidence to trade Jackson for prospects and then use those prospects in another deal. The White Sox have short-term needs at third base and maybe in the outfield. Another reliever wouldn’t hurt, either, but the White Sox are feeling better about the pen with the way Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton and Chris Sale have improved as the year has gone on.
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.