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Gonzalez signs minor-league contract

May 8, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

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Mike Gonzalez posted a 4.36 ERA last season with the Orioles and Rangers.

PITTSBURGH — Taking a flyer on a veteran reliever who could help them out down the road, the Nationals have signed left-hander Mike Gonzalez to a minor-league contract.

Gonzalez, 33, owns a 2.91 ERA in nine career seasons with the Pirates, Braves, Orioles and Rangers, though he's battled injuries and poor performances the last two seasons. He had knee surgery over the winter and remained unsigned when the season began.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said there had been some mild interest in Gonzalez that perked up after veteran right-hander Brad Lidge landed on the disabled list with a sports hernia.

"I scouted him for years with the Pirates and the Braves," Rizzo said. "I just liked the way he gets after it. He's got good clubhouse makeup,Read more ยป

  1. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 8, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Should Sean Burnett be worried?

  2. peric - May 8, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    So, to summarize: Corey Brown needs to stay in the minorsApparently, Davey sees Corey Brown as a lead-off hitter. Not surprising since Davey has said he thinks Desmond could end up as a #3 hitter. Brown has started every game this season and always bats lead off. He WAS NOT doing that much at all last year in Syracuse. If Desmond gets injured its my guess that you might see Corey Brown up at that point if his performance in AAA warrants it.

  3. peric - May 8, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Should Sean Burnett be worried?Gonzalez, 33, owns a 2.91 ERA in nine career seasons … he's battled injuries and poor performances the last two seasons. He had knee surgery over the winter and remained unsigned when the season began.No, Burnett shouldn't be worried … now Cory Van Allen? Attie Severino? They should be worried …

  4. peric - May 8, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Syracuse could definitely use Gonzalez today. Has developed problems with gopher balls and his K to strike out ratio isn't as good as it was … But he looks a lot better than anything on the left side of the bullpen currently in Syracuse. Good move if he can get in shape fast and move out of XST.

  5. Grandstander - May 9, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Minor league contract for a vet with upside, I like it. 4 years ago a guy like this would've been our set up man.Side note, Spin Williams is an awesome name for a pitching coach.

  6. hmm... - May 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said…Should Sean Burnett be worried?should sean burnett be pitching?

  7. Steady Eddie - May 9, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    No, Sean Burnett should be our closer on the road right now, until Druuuuu gets back.

  8. DaveB - May 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Looks to me like Rizzo is giving himself flexibility for trades as he approaches the deadline, in case a bat is needed (i.e., Morse or Werth can't return or, god forbid, there is another injury).

  9. A DC Wonk - May 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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