Marlins pitching prospect Andrew Heaney allowed five more runs over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday afternoon’s start against the Cardinals, bumping his ERA up to 6.53 over four starts spanning 20 2/3 innings. As a result, the Marlins have optioned him back to Triple-A New Orleans, the team announced.
Heaney, 23, was rated the #29 overall prospect by MLB.com and #30 by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus entering the season. He had a good major league debut, holding the Mets to one run over six innings, but followed that up by allowing five runs to the Phillies and four to the Athletics prior to Saturday’s start.
The Marlins made some additional roster moves as well, reinstating starter Tom Koehler from the paternity leave list and activating shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the disabled list. Outfielder Jake Marisnick was optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans.
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.