Ken Rosenthal of CBSSports.com has reported that the Milwaukee Brewers strike again in the free agent market by signing former Washington Nationals bullpen pitcher Mike Gonzalez.
Heading into this off season the Brewers had slots to fill in their bullpen mainly slacking in left handed pitchers. The Brewers decided to cut ties with former top closer Francisco Rodriguez who spent the last 2 seasons with Francisco Rodriguez which left a huge slot open at set up man. The Brewers found multiple options at setup man which lead to the signing of Mike Gonzalez and fellow former Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tom Gorzelanny.
The Brewers are likely to determine the role at setup man during Spring Training in which the showdown between Tom Gorzelanny vs. Mike Gonzalez will be in full force.
Last season Mike Gonzalez signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals but didn’t get called up right away. It took time for the opportunity to come his way. Gonzalez was called up on June 3rd 2012. Mike appeared in 47 games in relief for the Nationals and at the conclusion of last season Gonzalez posted a 3.03 ERA.
In 2013 Mike Gonzalez will see more playing time with the Milwaukee Brewers then what he saw last season with the Washington Nationals.