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Friday, April 19, 2019

Gio Gonzalez fires Scott Boras

Gio Gonzalez has had a rough few months.

Despite being a pretty solid pitcher over the years, he claims he only received one offer all offseason: a minor league deal with the Yankees. He signed that in late March and the Yankees have kept him in the minors. If they don’t call him up by tomorrow, he can request his release. For what it’s worth, Gonzalez has not pitched well in Triple-A, likely because he didn’t get a spring training (this past month has been his spring training for all practical purposes). A such, it seems doubtful that the Yankees will call him up and likely that he’s going to be a free agent once again by this weekend.

He’ll be a free agent with a new agent, too, as Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Gonzalez has fired his agent, Scott Boras, and is now represented by CAA.

Normally at this point I’d offer some stuff about how crappy the market is for free agents. And it is. But I’m more taken with the Scott Boras angle here. And wondering why on Earth players who are not top-of-the-market talents sign with him.

But what will Boras do with all those binders now?

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:38 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: gio gonzalez, scott boras

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 20, 2019 at 10:59 PM (#5833890)
Didn’t see this thread until I posted in OmniChatter, so repeating with light editing:

Gonzalez has opted out of his minor league deal with the NYY. The Yankees now have 48 hours to put him on the active roster or release him. Gonzalez had a terrible first start at AAA, then started 2 games in which he gave up only 2 runs, striking out 18, with only 2 walks, over 11 innings. The Yanks rotation has been pretty good, so there may not be sufficient space, or need, to add Gio, who’d cost a bit. However, they have 48 hours, and I don’t believe they’ve gone that long without a significant injury this season, so things could change. Gonzalez seems likely to get a MLB spot somewhere off his recent performance and past record.


   2. JustMe Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:17 AM (#5833911)
If he can play OF, there's a pretty good chance the Yankees will pick up the option.
   3. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: April 22, 2019 at 10:55 AM (#5834088)
Gonzalez seems likely to get a MLB spot somewhere off his recent performance and past record.


I think he may end up taking a stroll across town.
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 22, 2019 at 11:06 AM (#5834091)
I think he may end up taking a stroll across town.
If the resulting headline isn't Gio Metro, I have no idea what they're doing at the Post.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 22, 2019 at 01:07 PM (#5834141)
So how much do the Yankees owe Gio for this season? I saw his contract reported as a $3 million deal -- was that only if he made the majors and didn't opt out, or is he owed that regardless?
   6. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: April 22, 2019 at 03:29 PM (#5834222)
If the resulting headline isn't Gio Metro, I have no idea what they're doing at the Post.


Primey!
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 22, 2019 at 04:07 PM (#5834234)
The Yankees released Gio. I fear a pitching injury may be imminent - it’s been that kind of a year. Gonzalez can help some teams, but they may want him to demonstrate that those last 2 starts for Scranton (see post # 1), weren’t a fluke before giving him MLB money.
   8. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 22, 2019 at 09:48 PM (#5834300)
I really hope the Mets sign him. The Jason Vargas experiment has gone very wrong.
   9. Meatwad Posted: April 22, 2019 at 10:40 PM (#5834315)
Didnt that go very wrong last year?
   10. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 23, 2019 at 12:46 AM (#5834328)
To be honest, it didn't go that great in 2007 either.
   11. formerly dp Posted: April 23, 2019 at 09:32 AM (#5834372)
I really hope the Mets sign him. The Jason Vargas experiment has gone very wrong.

Not gonna lie, even though I hated this signing from before the ink was dry, there was a minute over the winter where I convinced myself that he'd turned a corner at the end of last season. The only saving grace is that, like with the Frazier signing, the dollar amount is so small that they can shift him to a part-time role without losing too much sleep over it. Their options for sixth starter are pretty limited right now anyway--if deGrom did need to miss significant time, they'd be pretty well screwed bumping Peterson or Oswalt into the rotation, and it seems like Lugo is entrenched in the pen at this point.
   12. Lassus Posted: April 23, 2019 at 03:38 PM (#5834538)
I have NEVER wanted Vargas on the team, ever, for one second. I blame all y'all.

Was there a reason we weren't signing Keuchel? Money, injury, all of the above?
   13. Adam Starblind Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:15 PM (#5834551)
Still not too late. The more the pitching struggles, the more it looks like a no-brainer.
   14. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:19 PM (#5834556)
I don't think Keuchel goes anywhere until after the draft. Probably same for Kimbrel. Unless the price comes way down.
   15. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: April 24, 2019 at 12:56 PM (#5834864)
Gio back to the Brewers.
   16. DL from MN Posted: April 24, 2019 at 01:18 PM (#5834871)
I don't think Keuchel goes anywhere until after the draft. Probably same for Kimbrel. Unless the price comes way down.


Agreed. There is no incentive for either to sign until after the draft at this point in the season. The price will go back up probably by $3M after the draft pick compensation is gone. I doubt either able to get a contract that pays them $3M for the weeks between now and the draft. Inevitably the number of contenders interested will be higher in June as well due to roster attrition.
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 24, 2019 at 01:42 PM (#5834877)
A somewhat unusual contract for Gio:
He’ll earn $2MM for his work the rest of the season with up to $2MM more in available incentives. The incentives package reflects changes in modern pitching usage. It’s a points-based system, as Jon Heyman of MLB Network first tweeted. Gonzalez can earn two points every time he makes an appearance of three or more innings and one point for all other appearances. He’ll receive $333,333 upon accumulating his 25th, 30th, 35th, and 40th points and then $333,334 with his 45th and 50th . . .

No incentive for a starting pitcher to go more than 3 innings (other pitching well enough to stay in the rotation)? That’s MLB 2019.

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