Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Yankees have released pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as well as pitchers Joe Mantiply and Nick Rumbelow. Eovaldi had been designated for assignment on November 20.
Eovaldi, 26, made 21 starts and three relief appearances before his season was ended in August due to a partially torn UCL and a torn flexor tendon. The right-hander posted a 4.76 ERA with a 97/40 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings.
Eovaldi is expected to miss the entirety of the 2017 season after undergoing surgery, but given his age and skills — his fastball velocity sat at 97.1 MPH on average — there will still be some teams willing to take a chance on him and wait out his rehab.
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.