Gomes Goes To Braves, Gallardo To Rangers
Not much happening on the hot stove lately, though there were a few moves over the past week.
Most notably, the Brewers traded Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers for three prospects: infielder Luis Sardinas and RHPs Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan. Additionally, Milwaukee kicks in $4MM of Gallardo’s $13M salary in 2015 — which is the final year of his contract. Good move for both clubs, in that the Rangers get rotation depth and the Brewers get pieces for the present and future. Knebel is a former first-rounder who can reach the upper 90s and appears to be on track to be a MLB closer some day. Sardinas is a young, good-field, no-hit shortstop whose development has been jarred by injury issues. Diplan is a raw 18-year-old with high upside; he was hitting 94 MPH as a 16-year-old and was one of the most sought-after international players when the Rangers signed him for a $1.3M bonus in 2013.
In NL East news, the Braves have signed Jonny Gomes to a one-year, $4M contract that includes incentives and vesting options. With a little luck, he could replace a decent portion of the production lost by the departed Evan Gattis. Without a little luck, Gomes could be released before the All Star Exhibition.
In other NL East news, the Marlins have agreed to terms with Ichiro Suzuki on a one-year, $2M pact. With a starting threesome of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich, Ichiro makes a good fourth outfielder / pinch-hitter.
Elsewhere in the NL, the Giants have signed Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year, $4M deal.
That’s it for the moment. Let me know if I missed anything significant.