Nationals target Gomez, Pelfrey
Outfielder, righty would help add youth to roster
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are not close to making any deals at the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., but, according to a baseball source, the team has its sights on Mets outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
Gomez, 21, made his Major League debut last year for the Mets and hit .232 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. He could be the center fielder that Washington is looking for. Gomez is considered an excellent defensive outfielder with a lot of speed and the Nationals believe he will develop into a fine hitter.
"We want to get younger [with a player like Gomez]," the source said.
Pelfrey, 23, is a pitcher the Nationals have been coveting since before the July 31 trade deadline. He has not been impressive in his brief Major League career. Last season with the Mets, he went 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA in 15 games.
Who would the Nationals give up for Gomez and Pelfrey? The Nationals have been dangling reliever Chad Cordero for at least a year, and the Mets need relief help. Cordero was drafted by the Expos in 2003 by then-general manager Omar Minaya, who currently has the same role with the Mets.
The source also said the Nationals continue to talk about Devil Rays center fielder Rocco Baldelli in their meetings and feel that they have almost no chance of getting free-agent Torii Hunter because he turned down a three-year $45 million from the Twins.
In other news, left-hander Matt Chico is happy to report that that his parents' house was not damaged in wildfires that hit San Diego County.
"The fires were about four miles from the house. Other than that, the house is good," he said.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.