In a move that went unnoticed by Al Bat during the trading frenzy leading up to the December 1, 2021 lockout, Miami Marlins signed Dominican utility player Erik González, with a minor league deal, this at the end of November.
Because the Pittsburgh Pirates removed him from their 40-man roster men during the season, González (with more than three years of service in the MLB) had the option of choosing free agency this winter and now he will look for a new opportunity in South Beach, Florida:
Starting utility man Jon Berti and newcomer Joey Wendle already give him Miami has a lot of versatility, although positional flexibility is also Gonzalez’s calling card, as he has made at least one major league start at every position on the diamond except catcher and pitcher.
Much of Gonzalez’s experience has come as an infielder, as he has played primarily shortstop and third base during his six seasons with the then-Cleveland and Pittsburgh Indians.
Between his versatility and his particularly solid glove work in the hot corner, the 30-year-old veteran Gonzalez has pounded major league rosters despite a lack of offensive production:
The 6-foot-3 Gonzalez has only a .245/.276/.345 slash line to show in 853 major league plate appearances, and he also hit a modest .269/.311/.392 during his tenure. minor league career (3,287 at-bats).
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Injury woes didn’t help, as Gonzalez was sidelined for much of the 2019 campaign with a broken collarbone, also missing much of last season with an oblique strain.
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