Right-handers Zach Godley And the Jairo Diaz She signed with the Atlantic League’s Gastonia Honey Hunters, according to the league’s transaction history. This record also refers to that right-handed person Nick Goody I caught a Long Island duck. All three veteran righties have extensive Major League experience.
Godley, 32, has scored big in the league in each of the past seven seasons — albeit only 3 1/3 frames with Milwaukee this past season. A strong mid-turn arm for D appearances in 2017-18 (4.10 ERA in 333 1/3 innings), Godley has struggled and dealt with injuries in recent years, most notably the flexor strain that ruined the 2020 season.
Since losing his grip on a rotation spot in Arizona, he’s reached 6.75 ERA in 124 Major League rounds (2019-21). He posted strong minor league numbers with the Brewers’ largest affiliate last year, but was hit by 20-earning runs at a 29 to 19 K/BB average in 22 1/3 innings with Triple-A for the Reds to kick off the current season.
Diaz, 31, has more than three years of service in the Big League and 107 1/3 shots at the MLB level. He’s worked in some high-leverage roles as recently as 2019 with the Rockies, but Diaz had a noticeable drop in sprint (97.2 mph to 95.3 mph) in 2020 and slalom to 7.65 ERA in 20 tires with the Colorado. He remained with the club in 2021 but only made 9 1/3 of the minor league games due to injury. Diaz briefly signed a minor league agreement with the Mariners earlier this year, New York Post’s John Hyman reported at the time, but he did not end up with a Mariners member.
The 30-year-old Goody made 152 2/3 a run from 2015-20, enjoying his best years in Cleveland (2017, 2019). At his best, Goody was hitting about 30% of his opponents with a walking rate just above the league average, but elbow strain and back injury slowed him down in 2018-2019. The 2020 Rangers had Goody from concessions, but he made 11 in 11 runs with the Texans that summer before he was cut short.
Goody split the 2021 season between the Triple-A affiliates of the Yankees — the organization that originally drafted it — and the Citizens. He missed a lot of bats (strike rate 29.6%) and posted a decent 9.0% walk rate, but Goody gave up too many home runs (1.5 HR/9) and posted a 4.53-era walker between those two stops. He spent the early part of the 2022 season with Los Acereros de Monclava of the Mexican League.
Godley, Goody and Diaz all three have enough recent experience in MLB that they can jump back into dependent ball as depth options in the second half of the season with some success on the indie circuit.