Gonzalez with the Baltimore Orioles in 2011
|Toros de Tijuana – No. 18|
May 23, 1978 |
Corpus Christi, Texas
|August 11, 2003, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.14|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael Vela Gonzalez (born May 23, 1978) is a professional baseball pitcher for the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, and Milwaukee Brewers.
Gonzalez was traded twice prior to his MLB debut. First, on July 22, 2003, where he was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with Scott Sauerbeck to the Boston Red Sox for Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez. Second, on July 31, 2003, where he was traded back to Pittsburgh with Freddy Sanchez and cash for Brandon Lyon, Anastacio Martinez and Jeff Suppan. Gonzalez converted all 24 save attempts during the 2006 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates before having his season end early because of an elbow injury.
After experiencing a drop in velocity on his fastball in excess of 10 mph (16 km/h) in a game versus the Washington Nationals, the Braves quickly took precautionary measures and placed him on the disabled list on May 16, 2007, with a left elbow strain. After several MRIs showed no damage to his elbow, a more specialized MRI was performed that indeed revealed a slight ligament tear. On May 25, 2007, it was announced that his elbow would require Tommy John surgery and, consequently, he would miss at least the rest of the 2007 season, and possibly the first half of the 2008 season. In 17 innings with the Braves in 2007, Gonzalez posted a 1.59 ERA with a 2–0 record and 2 saves.
Gonzalez made his return on June 18, 2008, pitching a perfect 9th inning and recording a save against the Texas Rangers.
On January 19, 2009, Gonzalez avoided arbitration and signed a one-year $3.45 million contract.
On December 16, 2009, Gonzalez agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Orioles for two years and $12 million.
On December 19, 2009, Gonzalez officially signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
On April 14, 2010, Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder.
On August 31, 2011, Gonzalez was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Pedro Strop. In 2011, he was a combined 2–2 with a 4.39 ERA and 1 save. Gonzalez made his postseason debut with the Rangers in 2011 until the team lost the 2011 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
On December 29, 2012, Gonzalez agreed to a one-year 2.21 million dollar deal, pending a physical.
Second stint with Washington
Gonzalez returned to the Washington Nationals in 2014, agreeing to a minor league contract on March 4. He was released on July 5, 2014.
Toros de Tijuana
- Spencer Fordin. "Orioles make it official with Gonzalez". MLB.com. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
- "Amid flurry of moves, O's deal Michael Gonzalez". MLB.com. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
- "Mike Gonzalez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
- Gleeman, Aaron. Nationals sign reliever Mike Gonzalez to minor league deal, NBC Sports. Published May 8, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
- Nationals recall Mike Gonzalez, ESPN. Published June 3, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
- Michael Gonzalez leaves Nationals for Brewers
- "Gonzalez agrees to minor league deal with Nats". Associated Press. ESPN.com. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet, or Pura Pelota (Venezuelan Winter League)
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