A shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Mall early Saturday evening left one dead and seven injured, according to MSNBC.com. Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the scene, tweeting:
Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eatoncenter mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall … Through traffic …
People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were … Wow wow wow
This is crazy. … I hope everyone is ok … http://pic.twitter.com/Dk1EWg4J
This is serious .. Oh my god http://pic.twitter.com/J5KaU9qj
Rattled right now
The mall was evacuated and shut down after the incident. Police are still looking on the hunt for the shooter.
The Toronto Globe and Mail has continuing coverage.
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.