Yankees Release Gio Gonzalez, Next Stop Philadelphia?

MLB TR: “The Yankees announced that veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez was not added to the team’s 40-man roster after exercising his opt-out clause over the weekend. The team had 48 hours to add Gonzalez to the roster once he triggered that clause, but he was instead allowed to become a free agent and is now able to sign with any club.

Gonzalez, 33, made three starts with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton before opting out of his contract. Although he was shelled in the season opener (eight runs in four innings), the veteran rebounded with a pair of excellent outings, yielding a combined two runs with an 18-to-2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings. He threw 93 pitches in the most recent of those outings (April 14), so Gonzalez is plenty stretched out and could even be ready to join a big league staff in short order. He was slated to make a fourth appearance over the weekend but had that start rained out.

That’s Jon Heyman’s music!!

All joking aside Gio can definitely help this team. The team needs some arm upgrades, and the jury is still out on what Gio can bring to the table at this point in his career, but he’s worth the risk. A low cost signing that might be able to help add a little something to this team’s pitching staff in some capacity. And if he stinks out loud you cut him and move on. A real can’t lose scenario.

With all this being said. GO SIGN KIMBREL!!!! Don’t care that he wants multiple years. Toss 2 years $40 million at him. He’s in his prime and the bullpen needs help. For the love of God just sign the guy.

That’s my Ted talk.

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