TODAY: Gonzalez is in Camp Yankees in Boland Tweets . In all likelihood, he will receive a medical examination and otherwise conclude the agreement.
The deal includes a series of incentives that explain how it came about. Gonzalez would earn $ 300,000 per MLB launch, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network ( via Twitter ).
YESTERDAY, 20:35: Yankees GM Brian Cashman has confirmed a "verbally" understanding "between the club and Gonzalez, as Erik Boland of Newsday tweets .
19:14 pm: The Yankees sign a contract with Lefty Gio Gonzalez according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network ( via Twitter ). It's quite amazing that the deal is likely to be a minors agreement, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post (19459011) (Twitter link ).
. Gonzalez would earn 3MM in major subjects with incentives started by players Increase the profit per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic ( via Twitter ). The deal will also go hand in hand with an April 20 exit.
This result was barely predictable at market opening. Gonzalez hardly seemed to break the bank, but he is an accomplished, still useful and exceptionally robust starter. The MLBTR ranked him the 27th best available free agent and forecast a $ 24 million two-year deal.
As it turns out, many middle-tier starters did not land in this second promised year. And Gonzalez still has to get involved in the MLB squad. Even if he does, he will play at a low interest rate, lagging behind a long list of other rotation pieces that have signed this winter.
33-year-old Gonzalez has long been a valuable starter for athletics and nationals. While he was often punished for inconsistency from the beginning, he was one of the most consistent hurlers in the majors for a long time. Between 2010 and 2017, Gonzalez threw over 1,500 innings of 3.41 ERA balls, of which only once failed thirty starts in a season.
It was not until 2017 that Gonzalez was able to launch a campaign under 3.00 ERA and 200 inning. Even then, his peripherals reflected a decline in his stuff. In the past two seasons, Gonzalez & # 39; Fastball was just above the 90km / h line. He still scored a 9.5% swing strike rate last year, averaging his career average, but gave more hard contact and more home runs than at his best.
Despite the downturn, Gonzalez remained a robust MLB hurler in 2018. He contributed 171 frames and ended up with an ERA of 4.21. Gonzalez fought in two postseason seasons, but provided the Brewers with five useful starts after a late night game.
Although his earnings will always be limited by his age and repertoire, it is difficult to fathom this result. It is quite possible that other teams have offered guaranteed deals with lower total income capacity. That too is unclear at this point.
The Yankees apparently do not necessarily intend to use Gonzalez to fill in while Luis Severino works from his injury problems. Per Sherman ( Twitter left ) the club seems to rely on a trio of young hurlers – Luis Cessa Domingo German Jonathan Loaisiga – Before joining Gonzalez turns. That could certainly change before the exclusion date. It is noteworthy, however, that the deeply established Southpaw will obviously only work to get an MLB opportunity, especially with so many teams preparing to set unchecked pitchers early this season.