Gio Gonzalez, subject of MLB rumors of late, and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one year, $2.3 million major league contract (which, pro-rated, means he’s getting $2 million), plus another $2 million in performance bonuses, per multiple reports.
Gonzalez, 33, had signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees this spring that had him getting $3.5 million when added to the major league roster, plus $300,000 per start. The Yankees did not add him by Gio’s April 20 opt-out date, however, and so Gonzalez opted out and became a free agent.
Numerous teams were expected to be after him, and the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves were frequently mentioned as top suitors, though Ken Rosenthal says the Mets might have used him in relief.
We had talked about the Texas Rangers being interested in him, and I expect the team at least checked in with his agents, but being on a contender was always going to presumably be a more attractive option for Gonzalez. That said, the scouting reports on Gonzalez this spring, and in his three minor league starts, must not have been great, if all he commanded was $2 million guaranteed with another $2 million in potential incentives.