ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent infielder Wilmer Flores. It’s a one-year deal with a club option. The financial terms are not yet known.
Flores has spent his entire six-year career with the Mets. In 2018 he hit .267/.319/.746 (107 OPS+) with 11 homers while playing first, second third an DHing. In his career he has played more games at shortstop than anyplace else. He’s likely a liability there and, for that matter, at third base at this point. In Arizona it’s likely he’ll platoon with Jake Lamb at first and/or cover for Lamb at first when Lamb takes third base and Eduardo Escobar plays short, second or, perhaps, the outfield.
Flexibility, don’t you know. It’s what you have to have when you trade and/or let your stars go via free agency like the Dbacks have.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.