Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez enlisted the services of teammate and fellow outfielder Ryan Braun to petition National League Home Run Derby captain Troy Tulowitzki on his behalf in the hopes of being added to the team, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. According to McCalvy, Gomez “really wants to do it.”
Gomez, 28, has 13 home runs in 345 plate appearances this season. He belted 24 last season, when he made his first All-Star team. Only two roster slots have been filled for the National League thus far: by Tulowitzki, and by Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Brian McCann was unavailable for comment.
The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.
Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.
Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.