Lefty specialists are always in demand, but it’s March 4 and Mike Gonzalez is still a free agent because he’s refusing to lower his asking price.
According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Gonzalez rejected a minor league contract offer that was presented to him last week by the Rangers.
The deal would have included an invitation to spring training, but it would not have guaranteed Gonzalez a major league salary nor a 25-man roster spot. So for now, the 33-year-old southpaw is holding out for something better.
Gonzalez registered a disappointing 4.39 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 53 1/3 innings last season between Baltimore and Texas, though he did hold left-handed batters to a .214/.264/.311 slash line.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: