Veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one year contract after rumors became public over the past weekend that a deal could be close. Gonzalez will earn $1.5 Million from the deal, with the potential for an additional $1 Million in performance incentives.
The soon-to-be 36 year old Gonzalez missed most of the 2012 season after tearing his ACL in early May. He appeared in just 24 games prior to the injury, batting .259/.326/.457 with 4 HR in 89 PA after signing with the Brewers last offseason for $4.25 Million. Known mostly for his work defensively, Gonzalez holds a career line of .247/.292/.399 over his 14 year career.
Milwaukee is expected to head into the season with Jean Segura, the key piece in last summer’s trade sending Zack Greinke to Los Angeles, as the team’s starting shortstop but Gonzalez will serve as a strong backup option if the young Segura should falter. In 163 PA after being acquired by the Brewers, Segura, who’ll turn 23 in mid-March, hit .264/.321/.331. He made the jump from Double-A – where he’d hit .304/.358/.413 in 451 PA – to the Major Leagues last year and still could likely use some added seasoning, perhaps suggesting that Gonzalez could see a fair amount of playing time with Milwaukee.
Gonzalez didn’t draw much interest on the open market this winter, only briefly being linked to the Boston Red Sox in late November.