The Braves are the defending NL East champs and they still seem like a good team, but as Bill noted in his NL East preview, they have some questions with the pitching staff — at least with the experienced portions of it — and it’s going to be a tough division overall. Losing Foltynewicz for any amount of time is a tough blow, especially when the arms most likely to fill in for him are very, very green.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.