Veteran Left-Hander, Who Won 21 Games In 2012, Would Make $3 Million Plus Bonuses In 2019 If Added To 40-Man Roster


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gio Gonzalez and the New York Yankees agreed to a minor league contract Monday.

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Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez pitches during the first inning of Game 4 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

If added to the 40-man roster, the 33-year-old lefty would get a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn performance bonuses.

New York had been seeking more pitching following a shoulder injury to ace Luis Severino, who will not be available until May at the earliest. In addition, CC Sabathia is likely to miss the first week or two as he recovers from an offseason that included knee surgery and the insertion of a stent after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart.

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Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka heads a rotation that includes lefties James Paxton and J.A. Happ. Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa and Domingo German are competing for two open rotation spots.

Gonzalez was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA last year for Washington and Milwaukee, which acquired him on Aug. 31. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch, then started Games 1 and 4 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was pulled after two innings of the opener and one inning of his second appearance, allowing one run in each.

Gonzalez is a two-time All-Star and was 21-12 in 2012, his first season with the Nationals. He just finished the second option season of a contract that wound up being worth $65.5 million over seven seasons.

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