By Jason Shetler
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Pirates are among the teams showing interest in Jeanmar Gomez.
Prior to the 2013 season, the Pirates acquired Gomez from the Cleveland Indians in a swap for minor league outfielder Quincy Latimore. The Venezuelan right-hander spent two seasons in Pittsburgh where he posted a 3.28 ERA along with a 109 ERA+ in 78 games pitched.
Gomez was designated for assignment by the Pirates after the 2014 season and became a free agent. He then signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies a few months later. Following the trade of Ken Giles to the Houston Astros this past offseason, Gomez was inserted as the Phillies closer. In 42 appearances for Philadelphia, he’s been solid with a 2.82 ERA and has an ERA+ of 146.
The Pirates bullpen could look to upgrade, specifically with Jared Hughes, who’s been inconsistent for much of 2016. Gomez this year is making $1.4 million, which would be quite a bargain. He would also be under club control for next season.