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Brewers sign shortstop Alex Gonzalez to one-year contract

Dec 8, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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Milwaukee’s search for a shortstop is apparently over, as Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Brewers are close to signing Alex Gonzalez to a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2013.

That takes the Brewers completely out of the mix for Jimmy Rollins, who seemingly is now choosing between re-signing with the Phillies and replacing Rafael Furcal with the Cardinals.

As for Gonzalez … he’s 35 years old and coming off a terrible season at the plate, but when you just finished watching Yuniesky Betancourt for an entire season just about anything probably seems like a big shortstop upgrade.

Gonzalez is actually one of two active hitters with 3,500 plate appearances and a worse career on-base percentage than Betancourt, with the major difference being that his defense has been good enough to live with the extreme out-making most years. That may no longer be true at age 35–his defensive numbers slipped significantly–and despite smacking 15 homers Gonzalez was brutal at the plate this season, hitting .241 with a .642 OPS and 126 strikeouts versus just 22 walks in 149 games.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Outside of Rollins, who is taking his time, there is nothing available, really. If it’s for only a few million, it’s a decent enough deal.

  2. dannomac21 - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    what a joke. not even furcal, melvin?! wake up. jesus. thanks k rod.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      Bob Melvin retired from playing awhile ago. :)

  3. skipperxc - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    I’m just gonna keep telling myself, “It’s not Yuni, it’s not Yuni.” I love Ueck, obviously, but I hated how “YUNI B” became a thing for the broadcast team. How dare they give the worst player in the majors a cutesy nickname. HOW DARE THEY

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      It takes too long for old people to pronounce long names. Tell ’em, Gator!

  4. ncphilliesguy - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Take Jimmy Rollins … please?

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Not the best deal not the worst. And Jimmy Rollins for 3 or 4 years wasn’t the answer either.

  6. granted42 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    I’m pretty happy about this! It means Sabean can’t sign him to 3 year $15 mil contract. This year. I’m sure I’ll stress about it next year when Gonzalez is 36, and looking even better to Sabes.

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