First baseman Beau Mills, the 13th overall selection in the 2007 draft, was traded from the Indians to the Reds for cash considerations Thursday night, ending his disappointing stint in the Cleveland system.
Mills, the son of then Red Sox coach and now Astros manager Brad Mills, was viewed as a potential 25- or 30-homer guy when the Indians selected him out of Lewis-Clark State, but he was a disappointment right away, finishing at .261/.337/.424 with just six homers in 245 at-bats in his pro debut in A ball in 2007. Through six years, he’s a lifetime .267/.330/.444 hitter with 76 homers in 2,146 at-bats.
Mills is 25 now and has very little defensive value, so he’s going to have to bash if he’s ever going to get an opportunity in the majors. He’ll begin his Reds career at Double-A Pensacola.
Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez sat out the final series of the regular season in order to rest a strained left intercostal muscle, but there was good news coming out of a workout today in advance of Tuesday’s Wild Card game vs. the Yankees.
This has been a lingering issue for Gomez, who missed 13 straight games with the injury last month. He aggravated the strain on a throw to home plate last Wednesday and was forced to sit while the Astros fought to keep their season alive. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters last week that Gomez’s injury would typically take 45-50 days to recover from, so it’s fair to wonder how productive he can be during the postseason.
Gomez mostly struggled after coming over from the Brewers at the trade deadline, batting .242 with four home runs and a .670 OPS over 41 games.
Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t pitched in a month due to right elbow inflammation, but he told Chad Jennings of the Journal News today that he expects to pitch out of the bullpen if the Yankees advance to the ALDS against the Royals.
Eovaldi was originally expected to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today, but the Yankees moved up his timetable after the news that CC Sabathia was checking into alcohol rehab. Instead, he threw 10 pitches in a bullpen session before facing hitters for the first time since his injury.
There isn’t enough time for Eovaldi to get stretched out to start during the ALDS, but he could still play an important role for the Yankees, especially with Adam Warren looking like the most likely option to replace Sabathia in the rotation.