The New York Mets demoted catcher Travis d’Arnaud to Triple-A Las Vegas right after last night’s game. In a corresponding move, they called up Taylor Teagarden. d’Arnaud was hitting .180/.271/.273. How much his recent concussion has to do with his struggles is unclear, but it’s not like he was doing particularly well before his injury either.
d’Arnaud, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal, made his big league debut last August and was almost exactly the same hitter in 112 plate appearances late last season as he has been in 145 so far this year. Of course, he is still technically a rookie, catchers tend to bloom as hitters later than other players and Las Vegas is a notoriously hitter-friendly environment. So maybe he’ll be feeling better about life soon.
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.