Kyle Drabek’s rookie season got off to a great start, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball on April 2, but the 23-year-old right-hander posted a 6.17 ERA in his next 13 outings and was demoted to Triple-A in mid-June.
Drabek was even worse at Triple-A, throwing 75 innings with a ghastly 7.44 ERA and nearly as many walks (41) as strikeouts (45), but today the Blue Jays decided to call him back up.
Drabek remains a promising player and the former first-round pick acquired from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade is still a big part of the Blue Jays’ plans, but whether he’s been pitching hurt or is simply a mess mechanically it doesn’t make much sense to give him anything but mop-up action down the stretch.
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.