In the second cost-saving move of the day, the Washington Nationals exchanged Gio Gonzalez for the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, an agreement they announced after beating the Brewers 4-1. The Nationals acquired minor league infielders KJ Harrison and Gilbert Lara. The Brewers will take over the remainder of Gonzalez's salary for 2018, according to a person familiar with the deal, meaning they will save around $ 2 million. Earlier in the day, the Nationals sent Ryan Madson to the Los Angeles Dodgers to save about $ 1.2 million
Overall, the Nationals have rescued by selling Gonzalez, Madson, Daniel Murphy, Matt Adams, Brandon Kintzler, and Shawn Kelley more than $ 14 million, money that may not drop far enough to go under the luxury tax this season, but will certainly help drive more talent in the free-agent market this winter.
Of all the steps the Nationals took to make parts of their disappointing team, this is the biggest cultural change. Gonzalez is a fixture in the clubhouse as the Nationals acquired him from athletics before the 2012 season, as consistently jovial as he could be contradictory on the hill. Nevertheless, the left-hander was as reliable as it was for his willingness to pitch every five days. He ended up on the disabled list for a full month in 2014 and only five starters have started more games since 2012. Even after a disappointing, up and down, maddinging 2018 season, his ERA in 213 starts with the Nationals was 3.62
"It's going to be hard to see him go. I've played with him since I'm up here I learned a lot from him and his way of looking after his business, "said right-handed Tanner Roark. "He's been in this game for a long time and he knows what he's doing, he's a big league cracker and a class act, he helped me a lot, and he gave me some good talks. so it's shit to see him go. "
Gonzalez will also be remembered for his playoff mistakes in the district. He was with a 4.78 ERA in six starts, including two disappointing Game 5 starts, one 2012 and one 2017 without a win. He fought on the big stage, in a constant battle with his mind and his mechanics, and his composure and serenity left him at the inopportune moment. During his 2017 season, national team front-line personnel were frustrated with his body language and inability to assemble, and contributed to short launches that controlled a rotation that had already been taken without Stephen Strasburg.
His absence becomes more in the clubhouse, where Gonzalez was the friendly face with a joke and pair of shoes for all to his deepest battles this season, the guy who dragged a huge boombox into the ball park of the Palm Beaches and Wilmer Difo allowed to use it for karaoke A brave decision that a national player has made in a certain time.
"I wanted to make something remarkable here in Washington, and I was just grateful to be in four playoff runs with some of the greats, Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Tanner Roark, Jordan Zimmerman," Gonzalez said. .. I had a great following here, never could say anything bad, that would make me sad or something. This organization and the fans were incredible; They treated me and my family. They gave me so much when I was here, and I could not ask for more. "
The deal came at an embarrassing moment, just before the season when Gonzalez was in the national team with his team-mates, who had hoped the deal would not end, struck on Wednesday, meaning the Nationals Not facing him in this series, though his way to the clubhouse was short of visitors.
Gonzalez will be a free agent after this season and the Nationals would probably not bring him a qualifying offer given his struggles this season Trading with him for a return that is still unclear, they deserve a certain value. "An early understanding is that even with this deal, the team does not expect to fall short of the luxury tax threshold this year." However, national players have saved more money, when they paid Gonzalez in the last few years as one of the longest-lived starters in the game.These savings will be significant if they try to rebuild their rotation in this off season.
In the meantime, the Nationals must find someone to grab Gonzalez's innings. Erick Fedde is authorized this week to leave the list of 60-day disabled people. Joe Ross is back from Operation Tommy John. At this point, the Nationals can also present young talents to pinpoint what they have in Fedde and give other teams a chance to see them as potential trading targets.
Whatever they decide to take them through September, the already obvious news on Friday evening became even clearer, with hours reserved for aspirants to acquire talent that will be post-season-proof: consider the Nationals no longer as a candidate and resemble less and less.
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