Oakland general manager Billy Beane said last month that the A’s are unlikely to re-sign Jonny Gomes and now Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the free agent is drawing interest from the Orioles.
Gomes is overmatched as an everyday player because he’s poor defensively in the outfield and has a long history of struggling against right-handed pitching, but he’s always crushed left-handed pitching and the Orioles could use help in that department.
Gomes was a bargain for the A’s this year, hitting .262 with 18 homers and an .868 OPS in 99 games while earning just $1 million, and he’s a career .284 hitter with an .894 OPS versus lefties. As a lefty-mashing designated hitter he’s basically a perfect role player.
In a column published on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Padres are “aggressively shopping” third baseman Yangervis Solarte. The 29-year-old is entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility and is projected to earn $2.7 million next season.
This past season, Solarte hit a solid .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances. It’s quite impressive factoring in that he plays in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
Given that Solarte is team-controlled for three more years and he offers lots of versatility with previous experience playing first and second base as well as corner outfield, the Padres should receive a fair amount of interest.
Update (6:52 PM EST): The deal is expected to be one year for $13 million, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the report.
The Yankees are close to signing veteran free agent Matt Holliday, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports.
Holliday, who turns 37 years old next month, was limited to 110 games in 2016 with the Cardinals due to a fractured left thumb suffered in the second half. He finished the season hitting .246/.322/.461 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances.
Holliday is likely looking at spending the majority of his time in the DH role. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann handled the DH role for a majority of the time last season but all three have moved on — Rodriguez was released in the second half, Beltran just signed with the Astros, and McCann was traded to the Astros last month.