UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says Gomes will get $1.1 million from the A’s.
Oakland is close to signing outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Gomes struggled to find work after hitting just .209 with 14 homers and a .714 OPS in 120 games for the Reds and Nationals last season and his poor defense, high strikeout totals, and inability to consistently handle right-handed pitching make him a poor fit as an everyday player.
However, as a part-timer used primarily against left-handed pitching he remains plenty useful, hitting a combined .298 with an .875 OPS off southpaws during the past three seasons.
Both of Oakland’s projected corner outfielders, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith, are left-handed hitters, and Smith’s track record versus lefties is certainly long enough and bad enough that platooning him with Gomes would make lots of sense.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.