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Scott Boras: Mike Gonzalez “should sign in the next 10 days”

Apr 23, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

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Mike Gonzalez is still out there as a free agent after failing to latch on with a team this winter, but his agent Scott Boras told T.R. Sullivan of this afternoon that the veteran left-hander “should sign in the next ten days.”

Boras, who was in Arlington today for Ivan Rodriguez‘s retirement ceremony, also said that Gonzalez is almost completely recovered from offseason surgery on his left knee and is throwing bullpen sessions for potential suitors. Gonzalez auditioned for the Reds about a month ago, though it’s not clear if they still have interest. The Red Sox were also dabbling and given that their bullpen has a major-league worst 8.44 ERA, they can’t dismissed as option.

Gonzalez, 33, posted a 4.39 ERA and 51/21 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings between the Orioles and Rangers last year while holding left-handed batters to a .214/.264/.311 batting line and a .574 OPS. He turned down a non-guaranteed minor-league contract from the Rangers in the early part of spring training.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    The Sox need all the BP help they can get, it seems like it would be worth their while to take a flyer on this guy.

    • baseballisboring - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Red Sox should be picking up everyone possible, whether they’re established like Gonzalez or a scrap heap pick up to stash in the minors that might have a chance. 8.44 (!)

  2. randygnyc - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    He should demand 8 million from the sox. They reek of desperation.

  3. Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    After the Madson signing, Boras’ credibility is tarnished.

  4. micker716 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    If Scott Boras says the man is signing, he’s signing. His conscience wouldn’t allow him to make a statement like that unless it was 100% accurate.

  5. storebrandcookies - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Well, solid left handed relievers are a premium. Wouldn’t hurt to take a look at him.

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