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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.

In Adulterated League news, former NL club the Houston Astros have signed Colby Rasmus to a one-year, $8M contract. Rasmus steps into the spot left by recently traded Dexter Fowler.

That’s it for the moment. Let me know if I missed anything significant.


Red Sox Add Dana Eveland; Moncada Too Expensive for Mets

Dana Eveland, who resurrected his MLB career with the Mets last season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Boston Red Sox.

After returning from a stint in Korea, Eveland posted a 2.63 ERA, 1.093 WHIP. amd 8.9 K/9 in 30 appearances for the Mets. It seemed possible that he’d return to the orange and blue to compete for a LOOGY role, but the Mets were concerned about his health — he didn’t appear after September 6 due to inflammation in his elbow. Can’t really blame them, particularly when the Mets already have Scott Rice, Sean Gilmartin, Josh Edgin, and a few farmhands going after what will likely be two LOOGY spots. I think Eveland benefited from being somewhat of a mystery and underexposure; if he’s healthy this year, he could be effective in the Adulterated League with the same advantage — at least, for a while.

In other news, former Met Gonzalez Germen, who had been sold to the Yankees, has been sold by the Yankees to the Rangers.

Also, two free-agent outfielders came off the board in the last few days. Nori Aoki signed with the Giants for one year and $4.7M guaranteed, and Colby Rasmus signed with the Houston Astros for one year, $8M. Aoki’s power has dwindled significantly since his first year in the USA, but he’s otherwise been a steady performer with a penchant for getting on base. We’re still waiting for the enigmatic Rasmus to become a superstar; maybe 2015 will be the year.

Finally, the Mets are reportedly out on 19-year-old Cuban shortstop phenom Yoan Moncada, due to budgetary constraints. Hmm … I guess there’s still work to be done in terms of creating “payroll flexibility” — get on it, Mr. Alderson!