Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year $ 2 million deal with the pitcher Gio Gonzalez . Rosenthal had previously classified the Brewers as "frontrunners" in the sweepstakes and Mike Puma of the New York Post added that the Mets were "a longshot" to sign him.
Per Rosenthal may have deterred Gonzalez from the option of playing with the Mets because he might need to be relieved. It is noteworthy that there is no indication that New York even made him an offer. Gonzalez, 33, signed for a minor league deal with the New York Yankees in the previous offseason but exercised his opt-out clause and was released by the organization on Monday after the team failed to win his contract had bought. On three starts with her Triple A partner at Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, the Lefty allowed 10 earned runs in 15 innings while beating 19 and running six. Gonzalez had an average of 14.7 K / 9 on an eight-run debut, compared to 2.5 BB / 9 and an era of 1.64.
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com had described the Mets' interest in Gonzalez as "more curious than fervent", adding that they were "skeptical" even though "the tires were kicked". The organization's skepticism is probably based on the ERA 4.57 and the 4.3 BB / 9, which broke its last year as the Washington National. Encouraging, however, were his 2.13 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in five launches with the Brewers (who had originally purchased him at the August Twilight), and his 283 launches since 2010 are the fifth most of the majors.
Since 2014, his 0.76 HR / 9 is the second-lowest among the left-handers of the big league (behind no other than Clayton Kershaw ), and his 15.3 fWAR ranks in 19th place – beating the competition by JA Happ Patrick Corbin and Marcus Stroman .
Although he lags behind in most categories compared to the winner of AL Cy of 1945, he is still unsuccessful -free agent Dallas Keuchel There is no doubt that the Mets of Gonzalez & # 39; services could benefit at the end of the rotation. Their 5.09 ERA – though on the road to recovery thanks to an encouraging couple of Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler – remains the second-worst figure in the National League and the bouts of […] Jason Vargas (9.58 ERA, 7.76 FIP, an average of just over three innings per start in some lowest ranked statcast rankings) has played a significant role.