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Mets sign Carlos Gomez to minor league deal

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Andy Martino of SNY reports that the New York Mets have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league deal.

When last we saw Gomez he was finishing a pretty rough season for the Rays in which he hit .208/.298/.336 with nine homers in 408 plate appearances. He also ended the year by snagging a $10,000 fine from Major League Baseball from tweeting smack at an umpire during an actual game which, say what you want, is pretty ballsy. His game is mostly washed but points for élan.

He was fairly useful in 2017, but at age 33, with only one above-average offensive season since 2014, it’s not a great bet that he can be a big asset to the Mets. Guess he’s surprised us in the past, though, so who knows?

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.