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Red Sox are “monitoring the Mike Gonzalez market”

Mar 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Mike Gonzalez is one of the best remaining unsigned free agents and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox “are monitoring the Gonzalez market” as they search for left-handed bullpen help.

After a long history of arm problems Gonzalez underwent knee surgery in October, but if healthy he’s an elite left-handed reliever. Gonzalez had 51 strikeouts in 53 innings for the Orioles and Rangers last season and has averaged 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings for his career, which ranks second among all active lefties.

His control can be shaky and it’s understandable that teams were unwilling to offer him a multi-year deal as a free agent, but Gonzalez is capable of getting high-leverage outs versus lefties and righties and obviously his price tag should be plenty reasonable at this point.

  1. aceshigh11 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    “After a long history of arm problems Gonzalez underwent knee surgery in October…”

    So…the doctor operated on the wrong body part by accident?


  2. Joe - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Ugh. It’s painful to watch this guy pitch. “Gonzalez rocks, and rocks, and rocks, and rocks, and rocks, and now goes into his windup.”

    Imagine Matsuzaka followed to the mound by Gonzalez. I’d have to vomit.

  3. kiwicricket - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    The Red Sox are allegedly also a fan of alliteration

  4. dowhatifeellike - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Get him. Now. It’ll make things a little easier for my Orioles.

    Seriously though, the guy won’t admit when he’s injured and he’s a head case on top of it. I wish him the best but I wouldn’t put any money on a rebound.

  5. watermelon1 - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Pitching in the AL East did wonders for him the last time he tried it…

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