It's a minor league deal, but if Gonzalez is added to the Major League roster the deal will be worth $3 million for the season, plus incentives, according to a source. Adding Gonzalez gives the Yankees insurance with Sabathia and Severino beginning the year on the injured list, without adding an expensive long-term contract to their payroll or having to adjust the 40-man roster.
Both Yankees manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman have said this spring that they'd be open to using the opener in the regular season in the right situation. "If we're at a point where he's actually in play for the next couple of weeks, we'll see".More news: Homegrown Hero Courtney Barnett Is Playing Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary Festival
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"It's him compared to anybody else we now have at Triple-A through April 20, and the guy he has always been is lot better than those guys", Cashman said. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch, then started Games 1 and 4 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gonzalez went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and 148 strikeouts between the Nationals and Brewers in 2018.
He allowed two runs (two earned runs), including a home run, on three hits over three innings.
Just two years ago, Gonzalez went 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 201 innings for the Nationals.