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Alderson: Mets starting “to sniff around” for starting pitching depth

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson says his team has started “to sniff around” for additional starting pitching depth, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Steven Matz (flexor tendon) and Seth Lugo (slight UCL tear) are both sidelined, leaving the Mets much thinner on the starting pitching front than the club expected to be when spring training began.

There are a handful of starting pitchers left in the free agent pool, but the Mets would have to hold their nose while they sift through the pile. Among those free agents: Doug Fister, Jerome Williams, Edwin Jackson, Chris Capuano, Alfredo Simon, Colby Lewis, Jake Peavy, and Tim Lincecum. The Mets could also try to address their depth by making a trade.

Rays sign Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal

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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.