Mets Miss Out On Gio Gonzalez, Who's Headed Back To Milwaukee

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By WFAN.com

The Milwaukee Brewers have beaten out the Mets for Gio Gonzalez's services.

The Brewers agreed to terms with the veteran left-hander on a deal for this season that will pay him $2 million plus potentially another $2 million in incentives, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported.

Gio agreed to brewers deal: 2M base, which is equivalent of more than 2.3M over a full season. 2M in performance bonuses. Points system for bonuses. MLB deal.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 24, 2019

Several teams were reportedly interested in Gonzalez, including the Mets, whose rotation has been a surprising weakness so far this season. New York's starting pitchers have combined for a 5.09 ERA, which ranks 14th out of 15 National League teams.

The Yankees signed Gonzalez to a minor league deal last month, but the contract included a clause that allowed him to opt out if he wasn't on the big league roster by April 20. After he exercised that clause Saturday, the Yankees had 48 hours to decide whether to promote him to the majors or release him. They chose the latter.

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Gonzalez, 33, spent part of last season with the Brewers. That familiarity as well as more assurances about a starting role were factors in his decision to sign with Milwaukee, SNY's Andy Martino reported

The biggest concern in the Mets' rotation is Jason Vargas, who has a 9.58 ERA. But according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, the Mets only viewed Gonzalez as a slight upgrade to Vargas and weren't prepared to offer the guaranteed dollars it would have taken to land him. 

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told WFAN last week that the team is willing to give Vargas "the leash" to turn around his season. The Mets, however, made a run at Gonzalez and have reportedly been staying in touch with free agent Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

Gonzalez went 10-11 last season with a 4.21 ERA for the Nationals and Brewers. He's a two-time All-Star who began his career with the A's in 2008. His best season came in 2012 with Washington, when he went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA.

In three starts for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, Gonzalez was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA. 

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