The Phillies have signed Jeanmar Gomez to a minor league deal

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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.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.