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Nationals release Michael Gonzalez

Mar 25, 2014, 12:48 PM EST

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Washington’s bullpen is tough one to crack and Michael Gonzalez wasn’t able to so on a minor-league contract, so the Nationals have released the veteran left-hander.

Gonzalez is 35 years old, but still seems capable of helping some teams as a middle reliever after posting a 4.68 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 50 innings for the Brewers last season.

He’s always been able to generate a lot of strikeouts, but he struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark last season and got knocked around in the second half. Gonzalez has pitched for six teams in 11 seasons and this was actually his second go-around with the Nationals after doing a nice job for them in 2012.

  1. lphboston - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Wow.
    Such a short story and so much wrong.
    First, the Nats bullpen is average at best and any left-hander who can get the ball to the plate on the fly would have a good chance of sticking.
    Second, Matt Williams has talked about keeping three lefties so if Gonz couldn’t earn a job in DC, that’s not a good sign.
    Third, the first paragraph is desperate for a copy editor.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Leave Gleeman alone – he just got an iPhone and he’s busy tearing up Tinder. Copy-editing an article he farted about a middle reliever no one cares about is pretty low down the list right now.

      Ladies of the Twin Cities – you’ve been warned. He is armed with an iPhone and On The Loose.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    3 Miguel Gonzalez’s currently pitching and they had to cut the one Mike Gonzalez?

    Miguel Gonzalez is the new inefficiency.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    I’ll never forget his brief but terrible career in Baltimore. I can’t believe we were able to get someone to take him off our hands.

    By the way, just checked. Texas gave Baltimore Pedro Strop for him, who actually gave us a good year and a half before being dumped on Chicago.

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