By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Gio González is expected to declare his intention to opt out of his contract with the New York Yankees, according to New York Post’s Joel Sherman. In the off-season, González signed a minor league deal.
Once González makes it clear that he would like a promotion to the Major League team, the Yankees will then have to act. New York will have 48 hours to either grant his request or release him.
When González signed his minor league deal, it had an option that included an April 20th opt-out. Sherman reports that González will opt-out if he is not promoted on Saturday.
In three minor league starts, he allowed 10 earned runs in 15 innings.
The 33-year-old Hialeah, Florida native was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first-round of the 2004 MLB Draft. He spent his career with the Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Once he requests to be added to the Yankees rotation — and if the Yankees release him — it would not be surprising if he signs a big league deal. A team would take a gamble on him, especially if they are having problems in the young season with starting problems.
Last season, he split between the Nationals and the Brewers. After being traded to Milwaukee, he had a 3-0 record with a 2.13 ERA in five starts.
He also allowed seven earned runs (six runs), including two home runs, on 14 hits in 25 1/3 innings. He also struck out 22 batters and walked 10.
With the Nationals, he had a 7-11 record with a 4.57 ERA in 27 starts. He also had 77 runs (74 earned runs), including 15 home runs) in 145 2/3 innings.
González also struck out 126 batters and walked 70.