Someone on Twitter asked Curt Schilling if he was going to identify the Red Sox employee who he claims advised him to take PEDs in 2008. His response:
Outing the person publicly probably would not. It would probably just create a firestorm. But then again, Schilling had no compunction about telling the story at all, so (a) he obviously thinks it’s significant; and (b) it’s thus understandable that people might want him to name some names.
Personally I agree that doing this publicly makes little sense. If a team employee is counseling players to take PEDs, the league should investigate. And Schilling, if he believes what he has said in the past about the importance of eradicating PEDs from the game, should cooperate.
I’ve placed a call to MLB to get comment about Schilling’s comments and to ask whether the league plans to look into this any further. I have not yet heard back but I will update if and when I do.
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.