Brewers ink reliever Mike Gonzalez

by Matthew on December 29, 2012

Following a season in the Washington Nationals’ farm system, left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez is headed back to the bigs.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Gonzalez signed a one-year contract worth $2.25 million, with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.’s Scott Miller confirmed the signing.

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The deal also includes an unknown amount in performance bonuses and will not be finalized until after the first of the year.

Gonzalez’s minor-league deal last May with the Nats came after passing up other opportunities, and he went 0-0 with a 3.03 ERA and a 9.8 K/9 in 47games with Washington ┬álast year.

The 34-year old also struck out 39 batters against 16 walks with just two home runs allowed.

Although a former closer, at this point in his career he appears better suited to a left-handed specialist role, with just a .179/.257/.269 mark against lefties.

This is a good low risk pick up for the Brewers who were in need of some experience in the bullpen.

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