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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.

 

Mets lose Robinson Canó, Jeff McNeil to injured list

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As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.

Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.