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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TDF, trained monkey Posted: May 23, 2019 at 02:35 PM (#5845039)
It's probably been discussed, but CarGo was one of the prime examples of a vet FA who teams were "colluding" against.

Evidently, teams saw exactly what we (and he) didn't see - that's he toast.
   2. formerly dp Posted: May 23, 2019 at 02:45 PM (#5845053)
They were legally obligated to do this when the Mets called up the other CarGo...
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 23, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5845070)
CarGo is probably through, but he does have a history of starting extremely slow. Last year at this time, he was hitting .216/.258/.369, then rallied to hit .295/.352/.497 the rest of the way. In 2017, he bottomed out on May 11 at .188/.256/.286, then hit .285/.364/.488 the rest of the way.

He probably doesn't want to do it, but I bet if Gonzalez went to AAA somewhere, he'd hit enough to be back up in the majors in July or August.
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 23, 2019 at 04:04 PM (#5845112)

It's probably been discussed, but CarGo was one of the prime examples of a vet FA who teams were "colluding" against.

Really, he was? I don't remember that. The guy was basically replacement level for the previous two seasons.
   5. DanG Posted: May 23, 2019 at 04:12 PM (#5845116)
Career slash line at home:

320/379/584 tOPS+ of 127

Career slash line on road:

250/306/419 tOPS+ of 73
   6. spycake Posted: May 23, 2019 at 04:52 PM (#5845132)
   7. Walt Davis Posted: May 23, 2019 at 11:33 PM (#5845257)
Really, he was? I don't remember that.

Yeah, I'm not so sure he was a "prime example" but I'm pretty sure he was in the generic list of "it's March 15 and can you believe Keuchel, Kimbrel, ..., Adam Jones, ..., Jose Bautista, Carlos Gonzalez, ... haven't been signed yet?" That is, a list of MLers readers might have actually heard of (some of whom should have been signed before then) rather than a list of bench players, relievers and 5th starters that probably should have been signed before then but the readers either hadn't heard of or would have considered scrubs.

As for me, I have trouble keeping straight which aging corner OFs are still having the occasional good seasons and which aren't. In particular, for no good reason, I can't keep Gonzalez straight from Choo. Coming into the offseason, I thought CarGo was coming off a couple of seasons around 110 OPS+ -- instead it was 86 and 99. I also thought he was more like 36, instead he's 33. I thought Choo couldn't stay healthy and was the guy floundering in sub-100 territory but he'd averaged 650 PA for 2017-18 and at least had a 114 in 2018. Go figure.
   8. puck Posted: May 24, 2019 at 12:25 AM (#5845259)
Helluva player there for a while, very impressive skills. Good power, great arm, good fielder when younger. Seemed to lose it young but it happens.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 24, 2019 at 09:14 AM (#5845280)
CarGo was a beautiful player to watch when he was going well, with that long looping swing that made the ball just zoom off his bat. He was also responsible for one of the greatest moments in Rockies history, when he completed the cycle with a walk-off homer against the Cubs in this game.

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