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Nationals re-sign Michael Gonzalez

Mar 27, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

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Left-hander Michael Gonzalez has re-signed with the Nationals after being released by the team earlier this week.

It’s a pattern we’ve seen often this spring: Veteran player on a minor-league contract gets released so the team doesn’t have to pay him a $100,000 “retention” bonus, goes looking for a big-league roster spot elsewhere, and then returns to the original team when he can’t find it.

Gonzalez still seems capable of being a decent middle reliever at age 35–last season he had a 4.68 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 50 innings for the Brewers–so he’ll try to prove that at Triple-A and hope for another opportunity in Washington.

  1. NatsLady - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    http://blog.syracuse.com/sports/2014/03/syracuse_chiefs_turn_up_the_heat_in_effort_to_thaw_out_nbt_bank_stadium_for_open.html

    Motivation, baby, motivation.

    • rbj1 - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Sort of like what the Mud Hens had to do:
      http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140305&content_id=68727030&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t512&sid=t512

  2. dowhatifeellike - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    He’s a capable pitcher but also a bit of a head case. He can be effective as long as the fans don’t get in his head.

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