The Cardinals are Carlos Gomez-curious


Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said in a radio interview this morning that the Cardinals have “legitimate curiosity” in Carlos Gomez. What’s more, Goold said that the interest was there even before Matt Holliday went down with a broken thumb last night.

Gomez was designated for assignment by the Astros on Wednesday after hitting just .210/.272/.322 across 295 at-bats. He was productive as recently as 2014, though, and it won’t be at all shocking to see someone take a chance on him to see if a change of scenery brings him back to his old form.

It’d be interesting if it was the Cardinals. I’m struggling to think of a less “Cardinals Way” player than Gomez. Of course, I’ve always expected that the “Cardinals” part of that trumps the “Way” part of that and if a guy is wearing the birds-on-the-bat jersey, such surface inconsistencies would be quickly reconciled, somehow, by the St. Louis faithful.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”