Anthony Fenech of the Detroit News gives us an update on the health of Miguel Cabrera:
Cabrera underwent surgery last October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. He hit .313/.371/.524 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI over 159 games last season. Imagine what he would’ve done, you know, if his foot worked properly.
The Phillies have signed righty reliever Jeanmar Gomez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Gomez, 26, was DFA’d by the Pirates last fall. Picking him up on a minor league deal is a good move for the Phillies. He’s no world beater, of course, but he’s been pretty decent out of the pen for the Pirates the past couple of seasons, going 5-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 78 games, 70 as a reliever. He doesn’t strike out a lot of guys and maybe he’s not a guy you want in your pen heading into the postseason, but he could fill a slot on a rebuilding Phillies team.
Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Pirates have reached a four-year deal with infielder Jung-ho Kang. The deal is believed to be worth around $16 million and it will also carry an option for the 2019 season. When you add the posting fee to that, the Pirates are on the hook for about $21 million.
Kang hit .354/.457/.733 with 39 home runs and 115 RBI in 116 games last season Nexen Heroes in Korea. Whether that will translate to decent major league hitting or whether Kang will even have a regular position with the Pirates is an open question. At the moment Pittsburgh’s infield consists of Neil Walker at second base, Jordy Mercer at shortstop, and Josh Harrison at third.