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Mike Gonzalez drawing interest from 10 clubs

Nov 3, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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Free agency is a breeze for a good lefty reliever.

According to beat writer James Wagner of the Washington Post, free agent left-hander Mike Gonzalez said in a phone interview on Saturday morning that he’s already drawn interest from 10 different teams this offseason. Nationals included.

“They’ve had a couple conversations,” Gonzalez said of the team that signed him to a minor league deal early this summer. “[My agent] told me that they’re definitely interested and I’m definitely interested. It’s going to be good. We haven’t started throwing money there. But there’s interest on every side.”

Gonzalez posted a solid 3.03 ERA and 39/16 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings this season for Washington while holding left-handed batters to a .179/.257/.269 slash line. The 34-year-old owns a 2.94 career ERA.

  1. paperlions - Nov 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    I’m sure the Cardinals are one of the 10…..about the only thing they’ll look for in FA is an arm or 2 for the pen.

  2. phalatek6 - Nov 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    As an Orioles fan, 10 seems too high.

    • husky2score - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      As another Orioles fan, I agree. Gonzalez sucks. By 10, he probably means like 3.

    • quintjs - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      10 is probably correct, 7 of which don’t actually want to sign Gonzalez, but are trying to gauge the market for relievers this winter.

      • paperlions - Nov 3, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        Left handers that can reliably get left handed hitters out are always in demand. Ten teams seems like a low estimate for a left hander that will only be looking for 1 or 2 years max for a decent price.

      • dcfan4life - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:53 AM

        This all depends on your definition of interested. 10 teams is probably being accurate if too low a number for clubs that want this guy on their team. But teams that actually offer a contract, well thats a different story. That number is more like 3 or 4. I bet the Nats resign him especially since their other left hander Burnett may walk since he will be more expensive.

  3. scotttheskeptic - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Amaro? Complement to Bastardo?

  4. dowhatifeellike - Nov 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    The guy is a head case… 2 or 3 bad outings to start the season and you’ve lost him for the year.

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