Danny Espinosa lost his starting second base job to Anthony Rendon this past season and now he could be on the move. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Nationals are listening to offers on the 26-year-old infielder.
Espinosa attempted to play through wrist and shoulder injuries in 2013 while batting just .158/.193/.272 with three home runs and a ghastly 47/4 K/BB ratio through 44 games at the major league level. His struggles continued following a demotion to Triple-A Syracuse in June and the Nationals decided against bringing him back as a September call-up.
The Nationals traded Steve Lombardozzi to the Tigers in the Doug Fister deal last week, so Espinosa is currently projected to fill his utility infielder role. Of course, things could change if someone comes along with the right offer. While Espinosa has obvious issues with plate discipline, he doesn’t turn 27 until April and offers defensive versatility along with pop and speed. He could be a buy-low target for someone.
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.