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Twins to sign Marwin Gonzalez

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Jon Heyman reports that the Minnesota Twins are in agreement with free agent Marwin Gonzalez. The details of the contract are not yet known, but a three-year deal was rumored recently. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that it is a two-year, $21 million deal.

Gonzalez batted .247/.324/.409 with 16 home runs for the Astros last season while starting games at five different positions. That’s his thing: he can play anywhere: first, second, third, short or the outfield corners. He’s even played three games in center in his career. He’s one blowout away from pitching, I suppose.

Gonzalez’ offense took a pretty big step back from his 2017 high water mark, in which he posted a .907 OPS, but for his career he’s still a respectable .264/.318/.419 hitter in seven big league seasons. And again, his versatility is super valuable, especially in this age of big bullpens and short benches.

 

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.