Angels purchase contract of John McDonald, Nationals release Mike Gonzalez

The Los Angeles Angels will begin the season with John McDonald on their bench. McDonald, 39, will serve as a utility infielder for the team. Ideally he will not see the field often but if he does he gives the Angels flexibility to play across the infield. Not known for his bat, McDonald appeared in 51 games last season hitting .118/.197/.174 for Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia...
Via Tireball.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Spring Training is Here

Hello baseball, have I told you lately that I love you? I know I have, and even though it's nice to see some Spring Training games on television from time to time, it's just not the same. That being said there's plenty to talk about. For instance: Johan Santana could make a major league roster again, Ichiro at 40 years old wants to play long into his forties, James...
Via The Sports Post
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Spring Training is Here

Hello baseball, have I told you lately that I love you? I know I have, and even though it's nice to see some Spring Training games on television from time to time, it's just not the same. That being said there's plenty to talk about. For instance: Johan Santana could make a major league roster again, Ichiro at 40 years old wants to play long into his forties, James...
Via The Sports Post
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Rumors: Mike Gonzalez signs

The Washington Nationals have signed veteran left hander Mike Gonzalez for the second time.  The southpaw was signed to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.  The news was broken by the Washington Nationals Twitter feed:"The Nats have agreed to terms with LHP Mike Gonzalez on a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training."via...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats sign Mike Gonzalez to minor league deal

The Washington Nationals have signed reliever Mike Gonzalez to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Gonzalez is a former Washington National, who pitched out of the Nats bullpen in 2012.  During that season, Gonzalez appeared in 47 games and recorded a 3.03 ERA.  The 35 year-old lefty chose to leave the Nats via free agency and spent the 2013 season...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Sign Mike Gonzalez

The Nationals announced that they have signed lefty Mike Gonzalez to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training (Twitter link). Gonzalez is represented by the MVP Sports Group. Usually one to hold lefties in check, the 35-year-old Gonzalez struggled in that regard last season, surrendering a .274/.336/.443 batting line to opposing lefties en route to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The least successful MLB relievers of 2013

Since 1976, Rolaids has sponsored an award for the best relief pitchers of the year for both the American League and National League. I was going to name my awards the Tums Award, but figured I would get sued. So I figured I would name my award for the least successful relief pitchers of 2013 the Gasoline Award because the following list of pitchers did not put out any fires. Instead...
Via The Flagrant Fan
November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Los Angeles 'hot' on Brewers' relievers

The Dodgers have been searching for relief help and are likely to add a piece to their bullpen before the July 31 trade deadline. One of their targets was Francisco Rodriguez, but the Brewers shipped him off to Baltimore, so he is no longer an option. The Dodgers are looking to Rodriguez' former team for relief help, according to a report. The Dodgers are 'hot' after...
Via MLB Injury News
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Hanley talks extension, seeking relief help + in on Cuban trio of Gonzalez, Hinojosa, Alvarez

Hanley Ramirez would like to remain a Dodger for life, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Hanley Ramirez said that if the Dodgers approach him at any time about extending his contract, he would be open to talking. “Definitely, because I want to stay here,” Ramirez said. “I want to stay here forever.” Ramirez will become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season...
Via ChadMoriyama.com
July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Sources: Red Sox seek bullpen help

The Red Sox, continuing their search for bullpen help, are maintaining contact with the White Sox and Brewers about possible trades, according to major league sources. The White Sox, sources say, are actively shopping two potential free agents, lefty Matt Thornton and righty Matt Lindstrom. The team, however, is unlikely to trade its closer, right-hander Addison Reed, who is under...
Via Fox Sports
July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Scouting Brewers, Who Might Consider Dealing Francisco Rodriguez, John Axford, Mike Gonzalez

Perhaps it’s just due diligence. Perhaps it’s more. It’s that time of the year, folks. The Red Sox could use help in their bullpen, and The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports that Boston is “looking everywhere for relief.” It appears that “everywhere” includes Milwaukee, where a few relievers might be available. According to CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler, the Red...
Via NESN.com
July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers Rumors: Teams targeting Milwaukee's relievers

The Milwaukee Brewers, who figure to be sellers at this years deadline, are fielding calls on their relievers. Teams are calling them about John Axford, Mike Gonzalez, Jim Henderson and Francisco Rodriguez, according to CBS' Danny Knobler. The Brewers have told other teams that Jim Henderson is NOT available and won't be dealt. The teams that are in on the Brewers'...
Via MLB Injury News
July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers Rumors: Milwaukee Ready to unload Pitchers?

The Milwaukee Brewers appear to be ready to sell as well. They have some good pieces in the bullpen and teams want those guys. The Brewers have not played well at all this year and that is an understatement, so selling makes a ton of sense. The Brewers, according to Buster Olney of ESPN, have received calls on relievers John Axford, Mike Gonzalez and Francisco Rodriguez as well...
Via MLB Injury News
June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers seek to even series in Los Angeles

The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers haven't fared too well at the plate against right-handers. Now they will face rookie right-handed starters they have never seen. It's hard to know what to expect in Saturday night's pitching matchup between the Brewers' Wily Peralta and Dodgers' Stephen Fife, with Milwaukee seeking to even this series at a game apiece...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Paper airplane gracefully flies onto field at Dodger Stadium

Your browser does not support iframes.A paper airplane took flight at Dodger Stadium Friday evening.The moment of landing, though, came in the bottom of the seventh, when the winged aircraft gracefully soared by Milwaukee Brewers southpaw Mike Gonzalez, and subsequently landed to the right side of the pitcher's mound.It was quickly removed by the home plate umpire before play...
Via Bush League Chronicle
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

About Last Night and Dylan Bundy

The Baltimore Orioles pulled off another win against the Toronto Blue Jays last night, 4-3, as pitcher Mike Gonzalez won his second game of the season and Jim Johnson recorded his eighth save on the young season. The Birds are now 12-8 on the season and will look for the series sweep as Josh Stinson – who was called up from Norfolk this week – will start the game on the mound...
Via Oriole Post
April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

The End of the World: An OOTP Diary

Last week saw the release of OOTP14, the latest in Out of the Park Developments excellent baseball simulation series, and ever since then I have been playing it. The game is a definite upgrade from last season, but also I played as the Yankees, I played as the Pirates and I played as the Braves, but I never played as the Brewers. The reason is simple: I don't know what the hell...
Via Miller Park Drunk
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Season Preview: Washington Nationals

The Nationals made a few big moves this winter to help an already talented team. Were their moves enough to counter what the Braves did? Key Losses: Sean Burnett, LHP (Angels, Free Agent) Mark DeRosa, 3B (Blue Jays, Free Agent) Mike Gonzalez, LHP (Brewers, Free Agent) Tom Gorzelanny, LHP (Brewers, Free Agent) Edwin Jackson, RHP (Cubs, Free Agent) Jeff Kobernus, 2B (Red Sox, Rule...
Via 85% Sports
March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Washington Build on their NLDS Loss Last Season?

Key offseason additions: Rafael Soriano, Dan Haren, Denard Span   Key offseason departures: Mike Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson, Michael Morse   The Washington Nationals had a great season last year. After winning only 80 games in 2011 they won 98 games in 2012 and made the playoffs for the first time as the Nationals and the … Continue reading »
Via Hinton's Sports Highlights
March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers entered last season with hopes of taking the next step after reaching the NLCS in 2011, but an ineffective bullpen cost the team early and led to the trade of ace Zack Greinke. The Brewers surprisingly played better after the trade, but alas, a late-season run at a wild card spot fell short. Despite just missing out on the postseason a year ago, the Brewers had a quiet...
Via Fox Sports
March 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Can the Brewers Offense Power them to a Central Division Championship?

Key offseason additions: Tom Gorzelanny, Mike Gonzalez   Key offseason departures: Shaun Marcum, Francisco Rodriguez   The Milwaukee Brewers finished strong last season but were unable to make the playoffs, finishing third in the division. This offseason has been quiet with their best moves being the addition of two left handers to the bullpen but … Continue reading »
Via Hinton's Sports Highlights
March 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Season Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers are coming off a disappointing season that saw them trade their ace (Zack Greinke) and make a late season run. They’re starting the season without a first baseman and questions in the rotation; will this keep them from competing? Key Losses: Fautino de los Santos, RHP (Padres, Waivers) Shaun Marcum, RHP (Mets, Free Agent) Raul Mondesi Jr., OF (Rays, Trade) Manny Parra...
Via 85% Sports
March 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers 2013 preview

  It’s that time again! Two weeks until pitchers and catchers report!!! Puts a smile on my face. The best part is that there is no hype. No expectations with this team. No pressure. Just the way I like it. Now, relax and enjoy the LosersBracket official positive Brewers Preview post, no doubt to be followed by frantic ranting throughout the season. 2013 could be special! What...
Via Losers Bracket
January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Is LOOGY, Mike Gonazlez, worth $2.25 million?

The Milwaukee Brewers improved their bullpen this week with the addition of Mike Gonzalez. Yes, he is one of those left-handed specialists that is able to pitch in Major League Baseball well into their nineties. The deal calls for Gonzalez to get $2.25 million with incentives. Gonzalez will be 35 in May and has pitched for the Pirates, Braves, Orioles, Rangers and Nationals. Gonzalez...
Via The Flagrant Fan
January 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Gonzalez, Brewers finalize $2.25M contract

Reliever Mike Gonzalez and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.25 million, one-year contract. The deal with the 34-year-old left-hander, which had been agreed to on Dec. 28, allows him to earn an additional $400,000 in performances. Gonzalez had a 3.03 ERA and no record in 47 games last year with Washington, holding left-handed hitters to a .179 batting average. He has a...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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