Toronto made a huge splash this offseason, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos has hinted that he was close to pulling off another big move that fell through. According to Shi Davidi of SportsNet that move would have been trading for White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy.
Peavy had a $22 million team option that the White Sox declined with a $4 million buyout on the way to re-signing him to a two-year, $29 million deal. Davidi reports that the Blue Jays would have acquired Peavy and exercised the $22 million option, but it’s unclear what the White Sox would have gotten in return.
Peavy admitted to Davidi that he “did hear rumblings from different people” at the time and “knew there was stuff going on and I knew it was between two teams.” Instead the Blue Jays went on to make their blockbuster trade with the Marlins and snag R.A. Dickey from the Mets, and Peavy has a 3.93 ERA and 24/1 K/BB ratio through three starts for the White Sox.
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.