What do you think of signing a deal with lefty Mike Gonzalez? He is a free agent and he is client of Scott Boras but since he hasn't signed a deal at this point, he might get a discount. Gonzalez might be a good fit with the Mets bullpen as an extra lefty to back up Tim Byrdak. Gonzalez is 33 years old and will turn 34 in May. He pitched for the Orioles and Rangers in 2011.
He had a torn meniscus in his left knee in late October but had surgery and expects to be ready by spring training.
Gonzalez in 2011 against lefties: .214/.264/.311/.574
Byrdak in 2011 against lefties: .222/.271/.333/.604
He had a 1.35 WHIP with 8.6K/9 and 1.2 HR/9 last season for Baltimore and Texas. I predict he could reduce those HR totals if moved to Citi Field and against various National League teams; his totals were less when he was with the Braves. He has a 2.45 ERA and a 1.091 WHIP as his career numbers at Citi Field. He is 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA with a 1.279 WHIP against the Phillies and 0-3 with a 1.96 ERA and 1.145 WHIP against the Marlins. He also has good numbers against the Giants, Brewers, Astros and Diamondbacks. He has a .256 BABIP and .562 OPS with runners in scoring position. (RISP)
Gonzalez is from Texas.