The Brewers agreed to sign lefty Mike Gonzalez 10 days ago, but due to the holiday season and needing to clear a 40-man roster spot, the move wasn’t made official until today.
The #Brewers have officially signed LHP Mike Gonzalez to a one-year contract. RHP Arcenio Leon has been designated for assignment.
— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) January 7, 2013
Leon, a reliever, was claimed off waivers from Houston on November 2nd. The Brewers could still keep Leon and his swing-and-miss (albeit wild) potential if he can sneak through waivers, but given he’s already been claimed once this offseason, it’s certainly possible someone else could do the same. Leon is a right-hander who throws in the mid-90s and had K/9 rates of 9.7 and 9.9 in 2010 and 2011 before dipping to 8.2 in 2012.
Gonzalez now officially joins Tom Gorzelanny as one of two left-handers in the Brewers bullpen. Others who seemingly have spots in the pen locked up are John Axford, Jim Henderson and Burke Badenhop, with Brandon Kintzler another likely candidate.
The Brewers will be Gonzalez’s 6th team in 11 big league seasons, and his 4th in the past three years. He held left-handed batters to a .177/.257/.269 line and a .240 wOBA last year.
UPDATE: Adam McCalvy has the specifics on Gonzalez’s contract: $2.25 million in base salary with up to $400,000 in additional Games Finished bonuses that don’t seem very likely.