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Nationals sign Mike Gonzalez

Mar 4, 2014, 10:45 AM EST

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Washington has added even more bullpen depth, signing left-hander Mike Gonzalez to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Gonzalez pitched well for the Nationals in 2012 and then spent last season with the Brewers, throwing 50 innings with a 4.68 ERA and 60/25 K/BB ratio.

He’s a good bet to be more effective than plenty of relievers with major-league contracts, but last season’s bloated ERA and the fact that he’s 36 years old didn’t help his market.

  1. straightouttavtown - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Guess they don’t wanna give a major league deal to Oliver Perez

    • karlkolchak - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      They wouldn’t have room on the 25-man roster.

      That said, I’m surprised Perez remains unsigned. His asking price must be too high.

      • NatsLady - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Probably wants two years (he’s 31). Rizzo doesn’t like to do that.

  2. natstowngreg - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    He has a good chance to make the team as the second lefty out of the bullpen. If, that is, he shows his 2012 form, and not his 2013 form.

  3. musketmaniac - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    This guy was lights out, years ago for Pittsburgh.

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