Aceves landing with Mets?
Given Aceves' limited roles in the big leagues this past season, it's unclear whether the Mets are considering signing him to major-league deal or not, but he's certain to come cheap either way.
The 30-year-old had a roller coaster three-year run in Boston. The right-hander was a pivotal part of the club's pitching staff in 2011, posting 2.61 ERA in 114 innings, but got fewer and fewer opportunities as his time with the Sox went on. Hewas promoted to closer in 2012, but following a series of implosions on the field and in the clubhouse, found himself pitching in Triple-A for all of 2013's second half.
He owns a 5.21 ERA in 121 big-league innings over the last two seasons.
Rangers add Rosales (again)
The addition of Rosales on a big-league deal for 2014 marks the third time in the last four months that Texas has brought the utility man into the organization, strange as that sounds. The 30-year-old spent most of this past season with the Athletics, but was claimed off of waivers by the Rangers on two separate occasions in August, returning to Oakland in between his trips to Arlington.
Rosales appeared in only 17 games for Texas over the final month-plus of the season, notching two hits in 12 plate appearances while manning every position on the infield. A career .219/.287/.335 hitter in parts of six seasons, Rosales is unlikely to serve as anything more than a bench player.
Gomez headed for Japan
Nationals infielder Mauro Gomez has requested release waivers from the club so that he can pursue a playing career in Japan, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Gomez, 29, was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays in early September. The corner infielder did not get any playing time above Triple-A this past season and has just 111 big-league plate appearances to his name in his career, all of which came with the Red Sox in 2012.
The Dominican infielder has demonstrated a lot of power at the minor-league level in his 10 seasons of pro ball, a skill set that's proven extremely valuable for MLB exports in the past. It doesn't necessarily mean he'll give Wladimir Balentien a run for his money in Nippon Professional Baseball next season, but Gomez's 77 home runs in three full seasons at Triple-A are at least an indicator that he might find success in Japan.