Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez enlisted the services of teammate and fellow outfielder Ryan Braun to petition National League Home Run Derby captain Troy Tulowitzki on his behalf in the hopes of being added to the team, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. According to McCalvy, Gomez “really wants to do it.”
Gomez, 28, has 13 home runs in 345 plate appearances this season. He belted 24 last season, when he made his first All-Star team. Only two roster slots have been filled for the National League thus far: by Tulowitzki, and by Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Brian McCann was unavailable for comment.
The Boston Red Sox activated Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they made to make room for him on the roster was a big one too: they designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however and, long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.