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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for August 16, 2016

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After the news that Giancarlo Stanton will be missing the rest of the season with a groin injury, rumors swirled that the Miami Marlins were considering Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Gomez. Rodriguez is going to sit out the rest of the season, as it turns out.

Finding a home for Carlos Gomez might be easier than one might think, though.

Should we have seen this coming? Following a brief but spectacular peak with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013 and 2014, center fielder Carlos Gomez has fallen on hard times. He posted decent numbers in 2015, amassing 2.6 fWAR in 115 games for the Brewers and Houston Astros. However, it has all fallen apart in 2016; Gomez is hitting just .210/.272/.322 with some of the worst defensive metrics in his career, resulting in an abysmal -0.6 fWAR through 85 games. As a result, the Astros designated him for assignment on Thursday.

While the Astros don’t have much more use for Gomez — prospect Teoscar Hernandez should get plenty of run alongside incumbent platoon bat Jake Marisnick — other teams may. The Astros will likely be looking to recoup some of the value they lost when they acquired Gomez last July, and there should be plenty of suitors available. MLB Trade Rumors already identified the Cardinals and Mets as interested parties, and there are other teams who could be willing to take a flier on the 30-year-old outfielder

John Lackey’s tight shoulder nothing really too serious, according to the man himself

Lackey has been considerably more effective with the help of a slider and change-up in his arsenal, as well as a more copacetic dynamic with his 24-year-old receiver, Wilson Contreras. He has seen an influx of at-bats ending with called third strikes, and right-handed batters can only touch him at a clip of .193. In six starts since the All-Star break, he has a 2.59 ERA and 5.1 SO/W (Compared to 3.3 SO/W in the first half).

Lackey has been praised by teammates and coaches for his enthusiasm in wanting to pitch, even as a reliever. He was ready to go during an extra-inning contest against the Mariners on July 31, but the Cubs didn’t wind up needing him. Lackey got loose again on Thursday night when the Cubs and Cards extended game one of their series into free baseball, but Anthony Rizzo’s walk-off walk made his potential appearance unnecessary. Lackey pointed to that extra work as the probable reason his shoulder clenched up on him against St. Louis.

Here’s a roundup of news coming out of the NL East.

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