The 29-year-old Erik Goeddel once looked like a promising big-league bullpen arm after submitting a 2.43 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over 35 appearances with the Mets in 2015, but most of that optimism has since faded. Elbow issues and a subsequent drop in velocity have rendered Goeddel ineffective when he's been able to take the mound the last two seasons, resulting in him moving frequently between the majors and Triple-A. After inking a minor-league deal with the Rangers in the offseason, Goeddel will receive an audition with the big club in spring training, but it's more likely that he'll open the campaign in a depth role at Triple-A Round Rock. If he can stay healthy, regain velocity and clear up the home-run problem that has plagued him the last couple of seasons, Goeddel will bolster his chances of sticking with the Rangers for an extended period.
The Rangers plan to stretch Goeddel out in spring training in an attempt to bolster the starting pitching depth in the organization T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. With Cole Hamels, Doug Fister, Matt Moore and Mike Minor expected to break camp as members of the rotation and Martin Perez (elbow) on track to round out the staff before long, it's unlikely that Goeddel gets a legitimate shake for a starting role with the big club to open the season. However, Goeddel's performance in the spring could determine whether he claims a rotation spot at Triple-A Round Rock, or if the Rangers deploy him in the familiar bullpen role he filled with the Mets the past four seasons. Goeddel last worked as a full-time starter in 2013 at Double-A Binghamton, submitting a 4.37 ERA and 8.4 K/9 rate across 134 innings.
Goeddel signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday which includes an invitation to spring training. Goeddel started the 2017 season in the minors before earning a promotion near the end of June and subsequently posting a 5.28 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 29 innings out of the Mets' bullpen. He did strike out 33 batters over that span, and his solid strikeout potential could earn him a role in the Rangers' bullpen at some point in 2018.
Goeddel was taken off the Mets' 40-man roster and officially cleared waivers Wednesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. Goeddel will look for a new home after spending the first seven years of his professional career with the Mets. During the 2017 campaign, he appeared out of the bullpen on 33 occasions, posting a 5.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 20 innings.
Goeddel (dizziness) logged one-third of an inning in Monday's game in Miami. This was his first action since Sept. 5, as he had been sidelined with blurred vision and dizziness. He should continue to operate in a mid-leverage role out of the Mets' bullpen over the rest of the season.
Goeddel (dizziness) participated in baseball activities Thursday and is day-to-day, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. He rejoined the Mets in Atlanta and appears poised to get into a game in the coming days. Goeddel has been out since Sept. 5 due to dizziness and blurred vision.