The Marlins had a miserable .198/.268/.272 batting line from their first basemen coming into play today, but the club should get a boost at the position in the coming days.
According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Logan Morrison is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Monday’s series opener against the Brewers.
Morrison, who had surgery last September to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, is hitting .182 (10-for-55) with two homers in 15 rehab games between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. However, the important part is that he hasn’t suffered any setbacks with the knee. And hey, it’s not like he could be worse than what the Marlins have been putting out there.
After posting an .811 OPS between 2010-2011, Morrison dropped down to a .707 OPS in 93 games last year. His knee has been an issue for a long time now, so perhaps some improved health will set him up for that long-awaited breakout. Remember, he’s still just 25 years old.
Giancarlo Stanton likely isn’t far behind Morrison, though the Marlins may push him back for a couple of days due to rained out rehab games. The young slugger has been sidelined since April 29 with a strained right hamstring.
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.