Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is among the stragglers remaining on the free-agent market as spring training nears, and the former star is holding out hope someone will give him an opportunity to re-establish himself. Gonzalez intends to play this season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Gonzalez hasn’t logged a professional at-bat since last June 27, which brought an end to a fleeting stint with the Cubs. They signed Gonzalez to a minor league contract, only to part with him less than a month later. The Cubs were the second team to jettison Gonzalez last season, joining the Indians – another club that took a flier on him on a minor league deal.
Gonzalez didn’t catch on anywhere during the final couple months of the 2019 campaign, no doubt thanks to the dismal numbers he posted between Chicago and Cleveland. The onetime NL batting champion was only able to muster a .200/.289/.283 with three home runs and a paltry .083 ISO in 166 plate appearances.
Now, if anybody does sign the 34-year-old Gonzalez this season, he’ll surely have to settle for a third consecutive minors pact. While CarGo’s a three-time All-Star who slashed .290/.349/.516 with 227 homers and 118 steals as a member of the Rockies from 2009-18, he hasn’t recorded especially valuable production in any season since a 2.6-fWAR showing in 2016.