Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details on Gio Gonzalez’s new five-year deal with the Nationals, reporting that the contract guarantees the 26-year-old left-hander at least $42 million and could be worth as much as $65 million.
For that $65 million figure to come into play the Nationals would have to exercise their 2017 and 2018 options on Gonzalez, who would have been eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.
Kilgore also speculates that the Nationals could turn their attention to Jordan Zimmermann and try to sign the 25-year-old right-hander to a similar long-term deal. As it stands now Zimmermann, like Gonzalez before inking his deal, is eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.
When the Astros acquired suspended reliever Roberto Osuna it was viewed as a low-price move to bolster their bullpen. Now, it turns out, it was a move to get a closer. Manager A.J. Hinch said as much today, anyway, telling MLB Network Radio that Osuna is going to get most of Houston’s save chances going forward.
This comes the morning after a late innings loss to the Mariners. The closer who Osuna is going to take over for — Hector Rondon — didn’t even pitch in that game, with the damage coming on a three-run Robinson Cano homer off of Collin McHugh. Rondon has blown saves in two of his last three appearances, however, coughing up runs against the Mariners at home on August 12 and against the A’s this past Friday.
Osuna has made five appearances since joining the Astros, allowing one run, striking out three and walking one in five innings of work. Before that he saved nine games for the Blue Jays prior to his domestic violence suspension.