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Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:51 pm
By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- The Milwaukee Brewers have filled one of their infield holes, as they've signed free agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez, Danny Knobler of has confirmed. The news was first reported by Fox Sports.

Yuniesky Betancourt was the Brewers' shortstop last season, but he's a free agent, so he'll be packing his bags and heading elsewhere.

Gonzalez, 34, hit .241/.270/.372 with 15 homers for the Braves last season. In 2010, he had a career-high-matching 23 home runs, so there's certainly power potential. Even more important here: Gonzalez is a markedly better defensive shortstop than Betancourt. Though Gonzalez isn't elite, he's very solid, while Betancourt is widely considered one of the worst defensive shortstops in the majors.

It would still behoove the Brewers to find a corner infielder with power -- like retaining Prince Fielder or adding Aramis Ramirez -- but money is definitely a factor on those two, especially Fielder.

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Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:17 pm

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

In my opinion, it's a watste of time and money to go after Prince. He'll want 200 million and that's way too much for a below average fielding 1st baseman. I'd rather see us take that money and use it on pitching. That's what made the difference this year for the Brewers and the team will need it more than ever without the offensive production that Fielder brought to the table. I would hope that Melvin explores the possibilities of trading K-Rod to a team needing a closer( Red Sox, Angels) to add some offense at one of the corners.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:12 pm

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

Gozo shows early power but by all-star break is done. If you can afford the low average he's not a bad late round , midd inf who hits for power. He will be protected in the brew crew lineup, so he should hit for power if that's what you want.

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:08 pm

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

If you had to watch Yunie B play all year I think you might be singing a different tune. While Gonzalez would not be my first choice, he is still a huge upgrade over what we had. He might be a little lazy at times but he'll make the routine and better than routine plays that Bentancourt either screwed up or never even made an attempt. Ask Zach G. who he'd rather have at SS, I would wager he'd take Alex over Yunie without hesitation.

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:02 pm

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

MA told DM he's got room to work with.  Watch it next week we get Ramirez!  

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:11 am

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

packbacker, if the team has $10 million plus to spend on a large screen for the players to see themselves on im sure the team has an extra $10 million a year to spend on prince.  Theirs also revenue sharing, which if Milwaukee is so small market they should be getting their share.  

Period the team has money!  If they choose to spend it and how so is the question.  They can afford Prince they just dont want to pay him.  That one two punch of him and braun would go very far in the next 5 to 10 years.  The only real problem is they will need to sign pitching.  Thats where this might not allow them to resign Prince.  Like they should have realized after 2008, pitching is key.  Yes bats are great but pitching wins.  The Brewers wasted 2 years with junk pitching but thats what happens when you trade away the farm.  

Ill take Prince over Aram.  Problem is Boras is now goiing to want at least $200 million for Prince and not that many teams, well maybe now, are going to be willing to pay that. Especially since everyone is concerned about his weight in 5 years.  Which is a joke in an of its self.  

Anyways, Go Packers!  Go Crew! 

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:28 am

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

From my view as an Atlanta Braves fan. I am truly pleased that we didn't bring back Alex Gonzalez. With Gonzalez, The glove has certainly been there the last couple of seasons. He is easily a top 5 defensive Shortstop. He is just honestly a wretched hitter. Absolutely no patience as witnessed by his 126 K / 22 BB strikeout / walk line. Now normally, I don't quickly jump to that particular line especially when a player has the batting average to justify those type stats. Alex's batting line isn't good enough to justify those stats. Now truth be told he is going from a Braves lineup that looked anemic for a good portion of the season to a Brewers lineup that even though it might be without the services of Prince Fielder is 5 times more formidable than our lineup in Atlanta which should be of some help to Gonzalez. Even though we went through some struggles with Gonzalez (All Offensively). He is definitely an upgrade over Yuniesky Betancourt, and with his defense alone could shave half a point off Brewers' pitcher's ERA. Unfortunately, I think we could have gotten the same production out of Walt Weiss who has been retired for over 5 years now minus the power that Gonzalez gives.

With all of that said, I am really glad that the Braves did not bring back Alex Gonzalez. I am really in favor of letting Tyler Pastornicky win the job outright in Spring Training. Pastornicky isn't exactly a smooth fielder at a position in which you need one, but he isn't as bad as people think either. He has great range which allows him to get to balls that alot of Shortstops can't. He also has a chance to fill an offensive dynamic for us at the top of the lineup behind Michael Bourn. That being that he has speed, and that I think he can hit for average at the major league level. It also helps with our youth movement.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:48 am

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez


How dare you bring logic and rationale into the conversation.

Good comment.

- Matt

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:51 pm

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

I guess this means the Phillies will be re-signing Jimmy Rollins.  I had Alex Gonzalez as my 'next best choice' if J-Roll left.  Is it me, or is Gonzalez on a different team every year?  This will hurt the Braves.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:00 pm

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

My condolences to Brewer fans that deserve better.

Alex Gonzalez is quite possibly the laziest player with sub-par talent I've ever seen. Hanley, Soriano, Griffey, at least they had talent they didn't have to use all of to get by with. A-Gone CAN field a groundball if he doesn't have to travel more than 2 steps to get it. He might hit 15 homers because he WILL jog that many times in a season, as his expertise at turning doubles into singles will attest. 

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:57 pm

Brewers sign Alex Gonzalez

i know its a long more than ever they need to really go after prince. with pujols gone the division is up for grabs and the crew could really make a statement bringing prince back. tons of fan support last year and could continue with the signing of prince. he was the face of the crew even though braun was making a push at it. please.....just bring him back!!!!!!

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