Boras: Mike Gonzalez Close To Signing New Deal

Free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez is throwing bullpen sessions for suitors and agent Scott Boras tells's T.R. Sullivan that he expects his client “should sign in the next ten days” with a new team.  Boras also noted that Gonzalez is close to being completely recovered from offseason knee surgery.

Gonzalez, who turns 34 in May, posted a 4.39 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 2.43 K/BB rate and a 40.9% groundball rate in 56 appearances with the Orioles and Rangers in 2011.  The southpaw has been connected to the Cardinals, Yankees, Reds, Athletics, Red Sox, White Sox and Indians since the end of last season, and Gonzalez has already turned down at least two minor league contract offers from the Rangers and Angels.  Some of these teams have since filled their needs in the bullpen but it's very possible that other suitors in search of a left-handed arm have emerged.

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  1. lefty177 3 years ago

    *cough Red Sox cough*

    • He could be their righty specialist…

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

         Another Greg Harris then? One who throws the majority of their career from one side and then later on throws from the other a couple innings?

        For what it’s worth.. Shaky, at this point can’t be any worse than some of those guys Boston has.. Padilla and Thomas come to mind..

        • chris_synan1 3 years ago

          Thomas is just a nobody…but Padilla is good, Bobby V has overused him lately

  2. chris_synan1 3 years ago

    this is perfect timing and makes sense that the Red Sox sign him

  3. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    Oakland, couldn’t be any worse than our lefties at the moment. only brian fuentes has surprisingly done anything decent

    edit: except pedro figueroa, he’s an interesting reliever to keep an eye on

  4. UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

    Let me guess the Red Sox are “looking into” Gonzalez.  Or is it “checking out”?

  5. Interesting that there is no mention of the Cubs.  The FO wants to bolster the bullpen, and acquire assets to trade later in the season.  Gonzales would be perfect…especially because that pretty much guarantees that he’ll be playing on a playoff team come September. 

  6. EightMileCats 3 years ago

    Wonder if the Tigers might be in there… They just optioned Schlereth

  7. it’s not the redsox, they have rich hill and andrew miller, both lefties, on rehab
    not the a’s cuz they have 4 lefties in their bullpen
    i was thinking tigers option thad weber, angels option david carpenter 60 michael kohn, or rangers option robbie ross

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      the a’s have 4 lefties….1 has done anything this year, and one is a promising rookie, the other 2: 1 has sucked the last couple years, the other one is very very wild

  8. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    Won’t be the Sox. Someone already said it, but a healthy Rich Hill is their lefty. He was dominant against LH in short time as a reliever.

    • Notin J. Notin 3 years ago

      Who is this Healthy Rich Hill you speak of?

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

         He is working his way back from TJ in the Sox minor league system now, currently 12 months since the surgery.

        Hill dropped his delivery down to sidearm and was throwing a nasty curve like 3/4 of the time last year is what some are saying led to him blowing out his arm and was what made him so nasty vs lefties before hand. Time will tell how long his arm holds up once he gets back before he blows it out again. Watch his new delivery and you will see why.. It’s maximum effort and totally different from how he used to throw,

  9. Theroundsquare 3 years ago

    I smell the Tigers, too.

    • chico65 3 years ago

      Did you forget to clean their cage again?  Those mariner scraps are only going to add to the mess.

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