Jack Curry of YES reports that the Yankees have traded righty reliever Shawn Kelley to the San Diego Padres. They receive minor league righty Johnny Barbato in return.
Kelley pitched in 59 games for the Yankees this past season, though not particularly well. He strikes out a lot of guys but walked 20 batters in those 59 innings and put up a 4.53 ERA. Barbato saved 16 games in Double-A. He had a smidge better K/BB ratio and a lower ERA. Curry suggests he could need Tommy John surgery. Kelley is arbitration eligible and will make more than the $1.76 million he made this past season.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.
Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.
Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.