July 27, 2011
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The Giants optioned Emmanuel Burriss, clearing room on the 25-man roster for Carlos Beltran, who will start and bat third for the Giants in Thursday's game against the Phillies.
Beltran, acquired in a trade for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, was added to the 40-man roster when the Giants designated Bill Hall for assignment.
Burriss, 26, has hit .225 in 48 major league games this season and .361 in 21 games with Triple-A Fresno.
OXON HILL, Md. -- Outfielder Carlos Gomez has agreed to an $11.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the Texas Rangers, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement was subject to a physical and had not been announced.
Gomez, who turned 31 last weekend, figures to play center field in an outfield that includes Shin-Soo Choo in right and Nomar Mazara in left.
He was released by Houston in August, signed with Texas and hit .284 with eight homers and 24 RBIs in 33 games. An All-Star in 2013 and '14 with Milwaukee, Gomez has a .257 average and 116 home runs in 10 big league seasons.
Gomez batted just .210 with five homers in 85 games this year for the Astros.
With the agreement, Texas is not likely to keep outfielder Ian Desmond, who also became a free agent.
It appears as if the Cubs have answered two big questions surrounding Joe Maddon's team this winter.
With so many solid options in the fold to play everyday in the lineup, the Cubs now have one less guy to worry about in the outfield and one more pitcher to add into the late-inning mix.
USA Today reported late Tuesday night the Cubs and Kansas City Royals had a deal in place with pitcher Wade Davis coming to Chicago and Jorge Soler acting as the return piece, though the deal did not become official until Wednesday afternoon.
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