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Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez just broke the news on MLB Network Radio: the team plans to go with rookie Tyler Pastornicky at shortstop in 2012. The starter in 2011, Alex Gonzalez, was not offered arbitration by the team this offseason.Pastornicky seemed to be the favorite for the role. There was a high ceiling with the shortstops on the free agent market this offseason, with players like Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins lurking. But the dropoff after those two was severe, and you were looking at guys like Gonzalez and Yuniesky Betancourt, both of whom scare me for a variety of reasons. I was in favor of either keeping Gonzalez for around the same salary he was getting in 2011, or giving the job to Pastornicky. A raise for Gonzalez was completely out of the question in my mind, due to his anemic bat. Sure, the glove is great, but I can't get past his sub-.300 on base percentages in the last three years. Even at the bottom of the lineup, that's unacceptable.As for Pastorn...
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When I was younger, growing up in Savannah, Georgia, I remember being glued to Atlanta Braves baseball from the age of six. That year was 1990, and as has been well documented the next year started an unprecedented run of division success in Atlanta that has made it the brand it is today—sprinkled in were the opportunities to watch legends at work...
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The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to terms with free-agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez, filling one of their biggest offseason needs. Agent Eric Goldschmidt said the Brewers' deal with Gonzalez is for one year with a vesting option. Gonzalez, 34, played 149 games for the Atlanta Braves last season, hitting .241 with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs. He committed 12 errors.
The Pirates are close to reaching a deal with free agent Nate McLouth, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday afternoon. McLouth, an outfielder, was drafted by the Pirates in 2000 and broke into the big leagues in 2005 before being traded to Atlanta in 2009.
The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms with free-agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez, his agent tells The Associated Press.
Agent Eric Goldschmidt confirms the Brewers' deal with Gonzalez is for one year with a vesting option. The team didn't immediately announce the deal, which was reported by Fox Sports earlier Thursday.
The 34-year-old Gonzalez played 149 games for the...
MILWAUKEE Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin finally found a shortstop ... and it isnt Yuniesky Betancourt.
According to multiple reports, including FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers reached agreement with free agent Alex Gonzalez on a one-year contract with a vesting option for 2013.
The 35-year-old is coming off one of the worst offensive seasons of his 13-year career...
Gonzalez goes to the Brew Crew. PHOTO MLBTake Alex Gonzalez off of the big board.Gonzalez signed with the Milwaukee Brewers today for one year with a vesting option, as reported by Ken Rosenthal, narrowing the teams with shortstop vacancies down to a Tim-Dierkes-estimated seven teams: Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Phillies, and Rays. Dierkes postulates that each of these...