Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that MLB has suspended Twins right-hander Scott Diamond six games for throwing at Josh Hamilton last night. He was also fined an undisclosed amount. Diamond intends to appeal, but the worst-case scenario is that his next start will be pushed back one or two days. No biggie.
Diamond didn’t actually hit Hamilton last night, but he threw right near his head. It was apparently in response to Roy Oswalt hitting Joe Mauer in the previous half-inning. Home plate umpire Wally Bell likely would have warned both benches if Diamond hit Hamilton in the thigh or something like that, but throwing near his head brought the quick hook. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire stood up for his player and was also tossed, but Bell’s decision was justified.
Here’s the video of the play in question, starting with the Mauer hit-by-pitch:
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.