Brewers Sign Alex Gonzalez

TUESDAY, 7:23pm: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter) that the deal is worth $4.25MM. A $4MM option for 2013 will vest with 525 plate appearances, a level Gonzalez has reached in each of the last two seasons.

MONDAY, 11:18am: The Brewers announced the signing of shortstop Alex Gonzalez today. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first tweeted news of the agreement last week, noting that it's a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2013.  Gonzalez will take over as Milwaukee's starting shortstop, a position occupied by Yuniesky Betancourt this year.  Gonzalez is represented by Eric Goldschmidt.  

Gonzalez, 34, hit .241/.270/.372 with 15 home runs in 593 plate appearances for the Braves in 2011.  UZR suggests Gonzalez was average defensively this year and above-average from 2006-10.  Gonzalez seems to represent an upgrade over Betancourt, but not by much.  In November, the Braves elected not to offer arbitration to Gonzalez, so they won't be receiving a supplemental draft pick for the loss.  The Cardinals and Giants had also been linked to Gonzalez.  

As our free agent tracker shows, the list of available shortstops includes Betancourt, Ronny Cedeno,Nick Punto, and Jimmy Rollins.  Most of the clubs that lost or need shortstops, such as the Giants, Braves, Rays, Mets, Phillies, and Astros, say they have acceptable internal candidates.  It doesn't seem like Rollins has much leverage to extract a big five-year deal out of the Phillies. 


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104 Comments on "Brewers Sign Alex Gonzalez"


inleylandwetrust
3 years 8 months ago

At least he’s an upgrade from Yuni. Although anybody is

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, but not quite Reyes though, as some Brewers fans were hoping, and he certainly won’t be making up any of the offense they’re losing with Prince.

3 years 8 months ago

Nobody with a brain was seriously expecting (or hoping for) Reyes. The Brewers needed a plus defender at SS, anything more would have been a bonus. Now they need to make a play for Ramirez or possibly a journeyman 1b (Pena?).

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Pena might not be bad, though he’s not going to come cheap- I’d expect 8-11 MM a year over 2 or 3 year.  He’d do a good job of replacing Prince’s power though, and is a good defender at first. 

SunsetStripper
3 years 8 months ago

Thank christ.  Anybody is better than Betancourt

3 years 8 months ago

Not pretty, but a lot prettier than Yuni.  Probably the best move for the team, K-Rod having likely priced us out of Furcal’s range for the moment.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Thank God on the second part too.  Furcal will be wildly overpaid.

3 years 8 months ago

You’re probably right, love the upside Furcal could potentially bring, but DL stints require capable backups–something the Brewers do not have at SS.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Pretty much my thinking.  We’re lucky to get one shortstop who has a pulse, much less two.

Mark Liermann
3 years 8 months ago

What ?!   No Yuni ?

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Praise Jesus.  Goodbye Betancourt.  I don’t even care what they paid Gonzalez.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 8 months ago

Glad it doesn’t say Rollins in the title.

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

Rollins is three times the player

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 8 months ago

Good thing I never claimed otherwise then, huh?  Rollins is vastly overrated and will be paid that way.  

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

Rollins will easily earn his next deal.

3 years 8 months ago

Yet if the Brewers did sign Rollins I’m sure you would’ve changed your tune.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 8 months ago

What makes you say that?  I can assure you that isn’t the case.  I am not a homer and can realize when a player gets paid too much.

3 years 8 months ago

Before anyone flips out, Alex Gonzalez had a 1.1 fWAR last year compared to Betancourt’s 0.5. Betancourt was paid 4.35 mil last year, so as long as Gonzalez is the same or less money, its an upgrade at no cost.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

No one is flipping out… everyone is clearly happy if you read the comments.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

For those of you not in KC or Seattle, you just wouldn’t understand what it’s like watching Betancourt play.  It’s like punching yourself in the groin for 2 1/2 hours every night.  Hence the excitement of a 0.6 WAR upgrade.

3 years 8 months ago

That is EXACTLY what it’s like watching Yuni play. No more watching balls get through the left side of the infield and wondering where Yuni was, only to see on the replay that he never even moved towards it. I don’t care if Gonzalez hits .143 next year, this is a breath of fresh air.

3 years 8 months ago

I wrote it before i read the other comments

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

fair enough, sorry haha

bobthemonkey
3 years 8 months ago

Enjoy the rally killing GIDPs, Brewers.

Brian Luczak
3 years 8 months ago

We already had enough last year with Yuni..

3 years 8 months ago

This.

3 years 8 months ago

It’ll be nice to have a guy who can turn one for a change.  Been a while.

ChiCubs13
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t really see the upgrade here between him and Yuni, but at least it is only a one year contract with a vesting option.

Flharfh
3 years 8 months ago

Oh hosanna its the lesser of two evils

AP Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

Possibly saving some funds to acquire Aramis Ramirez???

3 years 8 months ago

More like saving the sanity of every single member of Brewer Nation.

3 years 8 months ago

Yeah Brewers got a cry baby! Im so glad the Braves didnt bring him back! Yuck!

3 years 8 months ago

Cry baby > mailbox at SS

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

I went with lamppost, but mailbox works.

3 years 8 months ago

I don’t remember Sea Bass crying…I remember a lot I wish I could unsee, like not running out grounders, but not crying.

Dude’s face just looks pouty…

-C

Tyler Sekula
3 years 8 months ago

Good pick up for them

3 years 8 months ago

Boy they sure only care about one style of baseball in brewer land.

HOME RUNS ARE BORING

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Nice inaccurate generalization.

brewersnrays
3 years 8 months ago

winning?

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

THANK YOU!

– Every Braves fan out there

3 years 8 months ago

Until they have to sign Yuni to play SS, of course. 

TimotheusATL
3 years 8 months ago

you mean a gritty sure-handed veteran who plays underrated defense and flashes of power?

*rolls eyes*

3 years 8 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I liked this, but only because it’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day.

Brv Rocks
3 years 8 months ago

The Braves have an in-house option at shortstop next season, Tyler Pastornicky.  He will hit better than Sea Bass but he won’t play defense as well.

3 years 8 months ago

Most reports I have heard claim Pastornicky is not ready, they probably are looking for a one year stopgap still.

Brv Rocks
3 years 8 months ago

Nope, the Braves are only looking for a utility infielder.  It is Tyler’s job to lose out of ST.

hallwagner
3 years 8 months ago

congrats brewers, you signed the only free agent SS who’s worse than betancourt

3 years 8 months ago

That would be true if Betancourt were not the worst free agent SS, which he is.

Jakmagic
3 years 8 months ago

Now Melvin should go for A. Ramirez or C. Beltran. I would prefer Ramirez. Iff it were Beltran, the Crew could move Hart to first base. Also one interesting player is C. Pena. If Pena was pursued by the Crew I would pray that they would go after Ramirez with him just because Ramirez is more consistant. Ramirez’s batting average is pretty much garanteed to be 100 points higher than Pena’s. All three players could benefit from the friendly hitters park that Miller park provides.

AP Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

Ramirez would be a great pick-up. Silver Slugger winner, batted .306, 96 or so RBI, 20+ HR. Plus, he killed us…..always…..when we faced the Cubs. That would likely complete our free agent acquistions

SunsetStripper
3 years 8 months ago

The Brewer’s are done spending.  Probably grab a couple of cheap relievers and that will be it.  Brewer’s don’t have the money for Ramirez.

3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see the Brewers moving Hart to 1B.  Melvin has already said he wouldn’t do that, but if past says anything, it is that anything can still happen.  Brewers also are going to be tied down with K-Rod’s salary, so I don’t see them making too many big moves the rest of this offseason.  They will definitely go after a reliever or two, and also some depth for the bench. 

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 8 months ago

Dude is frustrating as anyone with the bat…mostly because he has the ability to hit but just chooses not to for some reason.  But damn…he makes SS look so damn pretty.  Been a Sea Bass fan for years…was delighted to have him in Atlanta for a while.

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

He’s flashy, but his range isnt that great. 

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 8 months ago

I mean…for 34 the range is about as good as it’s gonna get.  If you watch him play every night (maybe you did) you see tons of smooth glove and foot work that just doesn’t make it on to ESPN. 

3 years 8 months ago

Range is decent, arm is cannon.

-C

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, arm is great.. But he did get negative UZR last year

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

DRS and +/- thought he was a boss, though (+15, +17) and so did TZL (+11)

brewersnrays
3 years 8 months ago

I’d love to see the Brewers make a play for Kendrys Morales.  If it’s true he’s about to get nontendered, why not offer the Angels something of semi-value and see if they bite? Maybe Manny Parra?

3 years 8 months ago

Parra is going to be a big piece of the bullpen this year. The Crew desperately needed a left handed arm last year

brewersnrays
3 years 8 months ago

As desperately as any 96 win team in baseball, I suppose.  I’d rather take my chances with Braddock as our lefty, especially if the Angels would be open to swapping the two none-tender candidates of Morales and Parra.

3 years 8 months ago

That would be pretty solid. A Morales/Gamel platoon would be alright in my book.

SunsetStripper
3 years 8 months ago

Morales might not be healthy still.  I agree though, the Brewer’s should look into this guy.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Done.  Manny Parra is garbage, but he’s better than nothing.

I guess.

3 years 8 months ago

Manny has a lot of upside as a reliever, assuming he comes back healthy. I’m optimistic.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Well, we found something to disagree on.  I said before last year I’d trade him for anything, and I still feel that way. 

3 years 8 months ago

You obviously haven’t seen Parra for a few years.

It’s really a shame, but he’s a completely different guy than he was his first couple seasons.  A total mess.  I wouldn’t rely on him to preserve a 3 run lead.

3 years 8 months ago

All I said was that he has a lot of upside, which I honestly believe. He has plenty of talent, just needs to get his head straight. He’ll never be a SP, but he can certainly thrive as a reliever. Just don’t let any hitters see him more than twice in a game.

Having said that, 1.2 mil (or whatever he’s due this year) is probably a bit much and if the Angels would trade for Morales even up, I’d do that all day long and roll the dice with Braddock this year. Platoon him (Morales)with Gamel and that would be plenty of offense, assuming they can figure out a way to afford Ramirez at 3rd.

Jays-4-Lyfe
3 years 8 months ago

Off topic here sorry, but is Joel Zumaya a FA?

Would he be worth a shot to anyone?

MetsMagic
3 years 8 months ago

Yes, he is. If he’s willing to come back on a minor league deal with incentives, he is more than worth it.