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2/15/1977 (40 y, 12 d)
$1.1M / 1 Years (2014)
Gonzalez was released by the Tigers on Sunday, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports. (4/20/2014)
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Year in Review:
Though he is a fringe starter in the Major Leagues, Gonzalez still rides above-average defense (+6.9 UZR/150 at SS career) to a positive net value most years. His power spiked in 2004 (.187 ISO) and 2007 (.196 ISO), but he's had plenty of low-powered years in between (like last year's .118 ISO). Without the power spike, he's a batter that doesn't make good contact (78.8% career) and reaches too often (33.2% O-Swing). Last year, he combined a career-high in contact percentage (83.6%) with a career-low in line drive percentage (16.3%). If he can continue the trend towards making more contact while reviving his line-drive rate, he could have a better batting average than the .230-.250 that is generally projected for him – but that would take an alignment of the stars that hasn't happened for the 32-year-old shortstop since 2007.
The Year Ahead:
Even if this aging infielder is all he can be in 2010, it won't be that impressive to the average fantasy manager. Most likely, he won't even be a decent deep-league option in the middle infield. But the defense should keep him on the field, and the increasing contact rates could bode well for his batting average. What his power will look like is anyone's guess, as it could range anywhere from terrible to average. One thing is for certain: handcuffing Gonzalez to his back-up John McDonald may sound like a smart thing to do, but it virtually guarantees the fantasy owner the worst offensive starting shortstop in the American League. Gonzalez is almost certainly a miss this year. (Eno Sarris)
Early last season Alex Gonzalez made a splash when he hit 17 homers and drove in 50 runs during his first 85 games. But then the Blue Jays traded him to Atlanta, where he looked more like the all-glove, no-hit Alex Gonzalez we've grown used to. He'll be back in Atlanta for 2011, so it's tough to imagine he'll reproduce those first half numbers from 2010 in Toronto. That means poor batting average, little power, and a lineup spot that likely won't be conducive to run scoring or driving. In other words, not someone who should start in any league of reasonable depth. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
Alex Gonzalez started off 2010 with a bang, but by the end he was the same player he'd always been. He's an injury fill-in, and not the best one at that.
Alex Gonzalez has played in 13 Major League seasons, and has been an average player offensively in exactly zero of those seasons. In seven of the 11 seasons in which he has played at least 100 games, his wRC+ has been lower than 80, or more than 20 percent worse than league average. He has never hit better than .277, and he did that in 1999 when he was 22 years old. Even in a down year for shortstops last season, Gonzalez’s .281 wOBA ranked 18th out of 20 qualified shortstops -- only Jason Bartlett and Yuniesky Betancourt fared worse. Yes, Gonzalez has topped 10 homers in three of the past four seasons, but he contributes very little in the other four categories. In fact, his .241 average was dead last among the 20 qualified shortstops last season. He simply isn’t going to hit enough homers to make up for his deficiencies in other areas. And while he may get a boost in homers from moving to Miller Park, his average will probably be unaffected -- the park factor for right-handed batting average from 2009-2011 for both Turner Field and Miller Park was 100. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Gonzalez may hit more home runs in Miller Park, but he has never been even average offensively, and last year he was well below average in every category but home runs -- you can do better.
Gonzalez was off to a fast start with the Brewers before a torn ACL ended his season. He seemed to enjoy escaping Turner Field's deep left field. Gonzalez hit four home runs in his 24 games -- much more like his time with the Reds (.403 SLG), Red Sox (.417) and Blue Jays (.497) than with Atlanta (.377). Gonzalez has good pull power for a shortstop but offers little else at the plate. Still, he's back in the same solid hitter's park, so his power might make him worth watching. He should at least get regular playing time. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Gonzalez offers enough pop to be worth a look if he can get at-bats. He get bonus points for returning to Milwaukee's hitter's haven.
Alex Gonzalez compiled a pathetic .194 weighted on-base average in 2013. The 37-year-old shortstop will even be fortunate to field minor-league offers this offseason. As such, I was shocked to discover his wOBA only ranked third-worst in Major League Baseball last year amongst hitters with at least 100 plate appearances. Congrats, Casper Wells and Luis Cruz! (JP Breen)
Alex Gonzalez was released by the Tigers very early in 2014. At 37, his power and speed has diminished too much to provide value. Increasing ground-ball rates and awful pop-up rates also prevent possible value. (
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