Yankees reel in another useful starting pitcher

Rob Bradford
March 19, 2019 - 7:53 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This most likely isn't any sort of American League East game-changer, but it certainly seems like a no-lose proposition for the Yankees.

With ace Luis Severino (shoulder) out until May, New York has added some veteran depth, agreeing to terms on a minor-league deal with starter Gio Gonzalez. According to The Athletic, Gonzalez's base salary will be $3 million if he makes the big league club.

The 33-year-old lefty was believed to be in line for a decent payday prior to this offseason, with the reliable MLB Trade Rumors projecting Gonzalez to get a two-year, $24 million deal.

Just two seasons ago Gonzalez was one of the better pitchers in the National League, going 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA with Washington. While his 27 starts with the Nationals were somewhat disappointing last season (4.57 ERA), he bounced back after being dealt to Milwaukee (3-0, 2.13 ERA in 5 starts).

Gonzalez won't slide into the Yankees' rotation immediately with New York choosing to fill the gap left by the injured Severino and CC Sabathia with youngsters Luis Cessa, Domingo German, and Jonathan Loaisiga.

Masahiro Tanaka has already been named the Yankees' Opening Day starter, with J.A. Happ and newly-acquired James Paxton filling out the rest of the rotation.