Washington Nationals Sign LHP Mike Gonzalez To Minor League Deal.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Mike Gonzalez #51 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that they'd signed 33-year-old, nine-year veteran left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez to a minor league deal. The one-time Pirates, Braves, Orioles and Rangers' reliever had offseason knee surgery and had been talking to several teams, with both Texas and the LA Angels reportedly offering minor league deals before the 6'2'', 215lb lefty signed with Washington. Gonzalez split the 2011 campaign between Baltimore and Texas, posting a 4.39 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 21 walks (3.54 K/9) and 51 K's (8.61 K/9) in 56 games and 53.1 IP. On his career, the Corpus Christi, Texas-born 1997 19th Round Pittsburgh Pirates' Draft pick out of San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, has a 2.94 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 164 walks (4.12 BB/9), 412 K's (10.34 K/9) and 56 saves. The press release on the signing said that the left-hander would report immediately to the Nationals Spring Training facility in Viera, FL.

• D.C. GM Mike Rizzo spoke to reporters this afternoon about the signing (via the Washigton Times' Amanda Comak):

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Federal Baseball

You must be a member of Federal Baseball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Federal Baseball. You should read them.

Join Federal Baseball

You must be a member of Federal Baseball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Federal Baseball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker