The Milwaukee Brewers were very active late last week in hopes that several trades would help the lineup during the final month of the season and then possibly into the postseason.
The Brewers made three moves, including one for Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez the southpaw veteran pitcher and another for Toronto Blue Jays’ Curtis Granderson the veteran slugger.
Players must be on a club’s roster by August 31 in order to be eligible to play in the postseason. Milwaukee sits four games behind first place Chicago in the National League Central following a 4-1 victory on Friday over the Nationals and is currently holding the second wildcard spot in the NL.
In 27 starts in 2017, Gonzalez is 7-11 with a 4.56 ERA. Since the beginning of June the lefthander’s ERA is 6.53. In five starts at Miller Park during his career Gonzalez has an ERA of 6.75.
On Friday, Gonzalez said that everyone needs to start fresh at some point. Gonzalez said Milwaukee has taken a shot with him and he would do his best to perform well for his new team.
Gonzalez becomes a free agent after the completion of the season. He spent seven seasons with Washington and is ranked first in wins for the franchise with 86 and strikeouts with 1,215. His career record is 124-97 with a 3.71 ERA over a major league career of 11 seasons.
Gonzalez said leaving the Nationals was emotional. He said he spoke to some of his teammates and walked to the team’s bullpen and called the situation very emotional.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell would not say where he would fit Gonzalez into the rotation, which is set through Tuesday. Counsell said Gonzalez may be used in the bullpen.
The Brewers traded KJ Harrision and Gilbert Lara in exchange for Gonzalez.
Granderson is currently hitting just .243 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs over 103 games with the Blue Jays in 2018.
For his career, Granderson has hit 330 home runs over 15 seasons in the majors and has played in 57 games during the postseason.
Granderson said he was pleased to have the opportunity to play on a team that is in a playoff race. The Brewers traded Demi Orimoloye in exchange for Granderson.
The Brewers also acquired Xavier Cedeno a left-handed reliever from the White Sox who is 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA over 33 appearances.