Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Baltimore Orioles
FEB 5, 3:05p ET | John Halpin
Rotowire: Mar 5 / 7:33p ET
News: Gonzalez tossed two scoreless innings Thursday, allowing one hit with two strikeouts against the Jays in his first spring appearance.
Impact: Gonzalez entered camp healthy and is competing against Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman for the final two spots in the rotation. The Blue Jays had a soft lineup in Thursday's game, but Gonzalez was just getting his feet wet for a couple of innings. Gonzalez had a 2.19 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in the second half of 2014. He has the most MLB experience of the three rotation candidates.
Rotowire: Feb 3 / 4:10p ET
News: Gonzalez agreed to a one-year, $3.275 million contract with the Orioles on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: While his middling strikeout rate (6.4 K/9 for career) may forever keep him on the fringes of shallower mixed consideration, Gonzalez has proven a valuable innings eater for Baltimore. He has turned in ERAs under 3.80 in all three of his major league seasons, with a career-best 3.23 mark last year. His 4.89 FIP suggests regression in coming, but it looks like he'll get a chance to hold down a rotation spot, at least to start the year.
StatsLLC: Feb 3 / 12:00a ET
News: Gonzalez has agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,275,000, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.
Impact: The 30-year-old right-hander had asked for $3.95 million and had been offered $2.5 million when Baltimore exchanged proposed arbitration salaries with him last month. He can earn $25,000 in performance bonuses as part of Tuesday's agreement: $12,500 each for 160 and 185 innings. Gonzalez was 10-9 with a 3.23 ERA for the AL East champions last season, when he earned $529,000. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time.