Mar 4, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT
Lefty specialists are always in demand, but it’s March 4 and Mike Gonzalez is still a free agent because he’s refusing to lower his asking price.
According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Gonzalez rejected a minor league contract offer that was presented to him last week by the Rangers.
The deal would have included an invitation to spring training, but it would not have guaranteed Gonzalez a major league salary nor a 25-man roster spot. So for now, the 33-year-old southpaw is holding out for something better.
Gonzalez registered a disappointing 4.39 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 53 1/3 innings last season between Baltimore and Texas, though he did hold left-handed batters to a .214/.264/.311 slash line.
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