When a 41-year-old pitcher has Tommy John elbow surgery the assumption is that we’ve seen the last of him, but Jose Contreras decided to keep playing and his comeback with the Pirates is going well.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Contreras has been promoted to Triple-A, presumably so the Pirates can evaluate his readiness to potentially join the bullpen next month.
Contreras had a 3.74 ERA and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 101 appearances for the Phillies from 2010-2012, including a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings last year before being shut down. He signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates in February.
Bob Nightengale reports that Adrian Gonzalez plans to play in 2019 and the Diamondbacks are “one of the teams who may have interest.”
Well, now that they’ve traded way Paul Goldschmidt I suppose they have an opening.
The Mets released Gonzalez on June 10, after he completed a 54-game tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers. No one else showed interest in the five-time All-Star after the Mets cast him off and, as such, one might have felt comfortable saying that his playing days were over. He thinks differently, however, and apparently the Dbacks are at least willing to listen. He will turn 37 in May and will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league contract, but if the man wants to play, that will not be an obstacle.