NASHVILLE — Chris Gomez looks to be a decent pickup for the Pirates.
The one-year, $1 million deal is not yet official, as Gomez, 36, must first pass a physical. That could be out of the way in the next day or so. The Pirates then must clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Gomez — bye-bye, Jose Castillo?
Gomez can play first, third and second bases. A right-handed batter — against left-handers, he has a career batting average of .274 and an OBP of .351 — Gomez’ll be able to spell Adam LaRoche against tough lefties.
Gomez has 15 years of experience and will bring a much-needed veteran presence to the clubhouse. I spoke with other reporters here at the Winter Meetings who have covered Gomez in the past, and they all say he’ll bring a positive, upbeat attitude. “Good guy to deal with” is the unanimous opinion.
• The Pirates have filled their needs for utility infielders (Gomez and yesterday’s waiver claim, Josh Wilson). They still are seeking a backup catcher — a defensive upgrade over Ronny Paulino and Ryan Doumit would be nice — and bullpen help.
• As part of a “get active, get healthy” project at school, my daughters are wearing pedometers and recording how many steps they take every day. I should have borrowed one of the pedometers and brought it with me to the Gaylord Opryland. I would’ve blown them away with all the tromping around the lobbies and hallways I’ve done today and yesterday.
I can’t take credit for the pedometer idea — that goes to my buddy Trent Rosecrans of the Cincy Post (who said he “kinda” stole the idea from Jason Beck of mlb.com). As of 7:30 p.m. CT, Trent had taken 18,800-plus steps today — about 10 1/2 miles worth of rumor-chasing.
Sports reporting could be the next fitness craze. I’ll make a million on DVD sales alone!