By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed free agent pitcher Gio González. He has received a one-year, $2 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Besides the $2 million in guaranteed money, he could potentially earn another $2 million. The second $2 million is tied to performance bonuses.
He returns to the Brewers after spending part of last season with the team. Milwaukee acquired González in a trade with the Washington Nationals last August.
He was acquired for KJ Harrison and Gilbert Lara.
In March, he signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees. He had a guarantee $3 million if he made the big league roster. There was also a performance bonus for $300,000 per start he made.
However, he never made one start for the Yankees after opting out of his contract following several minor league starts. He was released by the Yankees on April 22, 2019.
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 Brewers.
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.