Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had surgery two weeks ago to “clean up” his left shoulder and now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he underwent surgery today to remove cartilage from his left ankle.
Kemp sprained his ankle in a home plate collision on July 21 and the injury lingered until he was ruled out for the playoffs. He won’t be able to put any weight on his foot for about a month and will be limited in his offseason training program, but his agent, Dave Stewart, still expects him to be ready for Opening Day next season.
Kemp was limited to just 73 games this season, batting .270/.328/.395 with six home runs, 33 RBI, and a career-low .728 OPS. The 29-year-old still has six years and $128 million remaining on his contract.
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.