The Yankees have announced that pitching prospect James Kaprielian will undergo Tommy John surgery next week.
The Yankees’ first round pick in the 2015 out of UCLA has had his fair share of health issues so far, primarily with his elbow. He’s been impressive when he has pitched, however, posting a 2.89 ERA and striking out ten batters per nine innings in A-ball. He has been ranked anywhere between the 4th and 6th best Yankees prospect.
Most suspect that the Yankees’ next truly competitive team will come in a couple of years. Assuming no setbacks in his rehab, there’s every reason to think that Kaprielian can still be part of that club.
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.