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Gonzalez returns on minor-league deal

Mar 27, 2014, 9:02 AM EST

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Left-hander Michael Gonzalez, released by the Nationals on Tuesday, has rejoined the organization on a minor-league contract.

Gonzalez originally had signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on March 4, hoping to pitch his way onto the club’s Opening Day roster. But the 35-year-old struggled in four Grapefruit League appearances, allowing four runs and seven hits in four innings.

Knowing he wouldn’t make the club, the Nationals granted Gonzalez his unconditional release on Tuesday, making him a free agent and giving him the opportunity to sign with another organization. The veteran reliever, though, apparently didn’t find any better offers on the open market and thus agreed to re-sign with the Nationals.

Gonzalez figures to report to Class AAA Syracuse to open the season.

  1. alexva6 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Parents – at all times make sure your baby boy has the rattle in his left hand. future employment could depend on it.

  2. NatsNut - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Can’t argue with more depth.

  3. David Proctor - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Today’s lineup is interesting.

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 8m
    #Nats vs #Mets at 12:10 on ESPN: Rendon 5, Span 8, Werth 9, Ramos 2, Harper 7, Desmond 6, LaRoche 3, Espinosa 4, Zimmermann 1.

    Rendon leading off and Span batting second? Ramos cleanup being protected by Harper?

    • flnatsfan - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      I don’t know…I kind of like it. A lot.

    • joemktg - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      With Ramos there, you won’t need Henley holding up the Stop sign to Harper. Would love to see the two on them on base when Desmond hits a gapper.

      • Eric - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM


    • Eric - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Muy interesante!

      Any word on Zimmerman’s status? I have sinking feeling…

      • David Proctor - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        He’s been playing. He played in a minor league game yesterday with ALR so they could get 6 ABs. Not sure about today.

      • Eric - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        I guess when I heard that I was dubious that it was just about the ABs, given that Zim’s throwing has been a little suspect since he sat out due to shoulder soreness.

        Of course, it’s highly likely that I’m misinterpreting the subtle insinuations conveyed by the slight overlap amongst the tea leaves 😉

      • sjm308 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        Eric – god forbid I tell you how to react but if you are worried everytime one of our lads is out of the lineup or has a little nick or makes an error its going to be a long 6 months. You are a great fan, you post excellent thoughts, just sit back and enjoy what a baseball season is. Ups, downs, high, lows. Have fun!

      • Eric - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        Yeah, I know; however, to quote someone weirdo in the last thread, “but…history, man!”

        Is it a misquote if I was being ironic there but I’m being literal here? 😉

  4. tcostant - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I wonder if this has a mid-May opt out like in 2012…

  5. TimDz - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Has anyone heard if Chris Young signed elsewhere? He could be a good arm to stash in AAA, but prevaling wisdom appeared to be that he would get a MLB deal somewhere else….

    • sjm308 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      Tim – I also wonder about C Young. I thought he would sign quickly but obviously, teams are waiting until the last minute to make these moves. Must drive an older player like Young just a little nuts but I do think that since we treated him well, he knows he has a place here if other options fail.

    • tcostant - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Did anyone see what Seatle tried to do to Randy Wolf? Basicly he was a non-roster invite who would make $1M if he made the team. They tried to get him to sign a document that say if he was released in the next 45 days, he would no longer get the full $1M, just for the time on the roster. He told them to go stratch.

      I can’t eveb believe that such a clause is allowed.

      • NatsLady - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Bait and switch. Does not give you respect for the Mariners’ operation.

  6. Section 222 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I like minor league contracts. You never know when you’ll need an arm on short notice.

  7. sjm308 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Once again, Rizzo thinking way ahead of the curve. This is a win/win and I don’t like to look back at previous years but you have to hope that he and Cendeno either bring us prospects as other teams bullpens implode or that they come up and help the big team.

    Go Nats!!

    • Section 222 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      I’m a pretty big fan of Rizzo these days, but signing a guy to a minor league contract after you’ve released him is not that impressive a feat.

      • sjm308 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        No, but having him chose us when he could sign that same minor league contract with any other team says a lot about how he was treated

  8. David Proctor - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Anyone see the forecast for Saturday at Nats Park? 70% chance of rain

    • tcostant - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      A huge thunderstorm at 6PM, but I’m still going…

  9. David Proctor - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Eric, apparently Ryan has a stomach ache. That’s why he’s not playing today, per Matt Williams. I think the guys just want to play games that count.

    • Eric - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Thanks, that helps me breathe easy.

  10. tcostant - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Two thinkgs I hoe Mark will do this year:

    1 – Expected Wins based on WAR. I remember Mark doing this in the Spring of 2012 and he thought the number looked to high, but then 98 wins happened.

    2 – Always like the writers answering questions and all the different answers

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Wasn’t that Boswell who did the WAR based on toting up each player’s projection in 2012?

      • tcostant - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        He may have done one too. But I’m sure Mark did one on these blog and couldn’t beleive how high the win total was…

  11. tcostant - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Season Ticket Email about eCash is going out today before noon, per my rep.

  12. micksback1 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I try not to be superstitious, but why, why, why!!! did SI have to pick our Nats to win the WS??? What did DC ever do to you SI, lol

    • scnatsfan - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      It bothers me a whole lot less then when they picked us to lose 100 :)

  13. nats2005 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    So, does the winner of this battle for #5 start opening day in DC with Fister pitching on Sunday?

    I love both of these guys, but that’s a lot of added pressure.

    “You just won the last starter’s position and oh, by the way, you get to pitch opening day too!”


    • Jb - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      That added pressure didn’t seem to hurt Daniel Cabrera when he pitched the home opener in 2009.

  14. Sonny G 10 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Good move. Might catch lightening in a bottle again.





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