Jon Heyman reports that Padres outfield Carlos Quentin may be open to waiving his no-trade clause.
Quentin received complete no-trade protection on the three-year, $27 million contract extension that he signed in July 2012. But with the Padres going no place, Heyman says Quentin would be willing to waive it to go to a contender.
Quentin is struggling mightily this year and has played in only 26 games — and he hasn’t played in as many as 90 games since 2011 — but he still may intrigue a contender looking for some right-handed pop.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.
The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.