As first reported by Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald and now confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Rangers have talked to the Marlins about acquiring outfielder Marcell Ozuna for right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez and another piece.
Rosenthal says the Rangers “need to add pitching, not subtract” so no deal is close. But this swap could grow legs if Texas can find a new starter soon.
Ozuna posted a disappointing .259/.308/.383 batting line with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 123 games last summer for Miami after enjoying a breakout in 2014. A source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in November that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria “can’t stand” the 25-year-old outfielder, who will reach salary arbitration in 2017.
Gonzalez, 23, had a 3.90 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 67 innings (10 starts, four relief appearances) last season for the Rangers. He was the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft.
PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.
The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.
The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.
“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”
New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.
“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”
Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.
The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.
New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.
Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.