Craig Gentry, who played with the Rangers from 2009-2013 and the A’s from 2014-2015, is staying in the AL West by signing a one-year deal with the Angels.
Gentry’s speed and ability to play all three outfield spots make him a solid backup, but he hasn’t hit enough to be a quality regular in recent years. He spent most of this past season at Triple-A, batting just .256 with five homers and a .646 OPS in 101 games for the A’s affiliate.
He’s unlikely to have a prominent role, but Gentry should have a decent chance to snag an Opening Day roster spot.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.