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Braves choose not to offer arbitration to Alex Gonzalez

Nov 23, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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In order to receive a compensatory draft pick for Alex Gonzalez signing elsewhere the Braves would first have to offer him arbitration, but the team announced today that they’ve decided not to risk the free agent shortstop accepting and locking them into a one-year deal.

That means the Braves pass up the chance for a draft pick and Gonzalez is all but certain to be on another team in 2012, which isn’t a surprise after the 35-year-old hit just .241 with a .270 on-base percentage and .372 slugging percentage in 149 games.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Gonzalez is looking for a two-year contract and it’s tough to blame him after seeing Jamey Carroll, Mark Ellis, and Clint Barmes get two-year deals, but given his age and inept offense a one-year pact (and possibly a part-time role) seems more likely.

Atlanta doesn’t have an obvious in-house replacement unless they choose to rush a prospect, so the Braves figure to be in the market for a veteran shortstop.

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Another team looking for a SS… Yikes!

  2. cur68 - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    When Alex Anthopoulos gets done GM-ing he can go on to become a successful player agent. He somehow convinced the Braves that Gonzo here was just as good as Yunel Escobar, and swapped the Braves Gonzo for Escobar. Anyone that can sell Gonzo as the equal to YE has a future. That future involves shoveling crap better than Scott Boras, true, but its the most lucrative crap shoveling gig ever.

    Good luck, Gonz. You ain’t a bad dude, you just not so good at baseball as you need to be.

  3. rmalmstrom - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    I can’t write off this trade yet. While Tim Collins was sent to KC for the corpses of Ankiel and Farnsworth, at least the Braves still have Pastornicky.

  4. Walk - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    I have not watched yunel play with the blue jays but for a agame or two but i watched him play in atlanta for several years. I do not remember which year it was but i would say at least one of years yunel was there he turned in the best year of any of braves position players. The braves organization is not foolish. There was a reason a player with his skills and talent was let go. Right before his trade he was constantly in bobby cox’s doghouse and for any manager that is considered a player manager much less bobby cox that is hard to do. The year yunel got traded the braves were in first place and fighting the phils for it i believe and lost first took wc then lost out to the giants. Coming down the stretch fighting injuries yunel made several sloppy feeds to second getting omar infante spiked and causing injuries. He then made a poor throw to first, and for someone as talented an yunel that is egregious, causing troy glaus to go down with injury. If yunel is not playing that way now count yourselves lucky. He cost the braves injuries during a playoff run and no ammount of hitting will ever make up for that.

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