One of the only weak spots for the New York Yankees is starting pitching depth, and according to Jon Heyman of Fancred, they've discussed free agent left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Gio Gonzalez has been discussed at least by some Yankees people, even before Luis Severino was scratched with shoulder “discomfort.” Rotation depth one of their only issues.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 5, 2019
This news comes in the wake of Yankees right-hander Luis Severino being scratched right before his scheduled spring start on Tuesday, but according to Heyman, the potential move was discussed well beforehand.
If the reason Severino was scratched is serious, don't be surprised if the Yankees gobble up Gonzalez quickly.
I think the only thing that would upset Yankees fans more than "Luis Severino is hurt" is "...and his replacement is Gio Gonzalez." https://t.co/odAoUuKety— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) March 5, 2019
The 33-year-old southpaw is one of the top starters remaining on the free agent market, and at his best, he's a solid back-of-the-rotation starter at this point of his career.
He's no Wade Miley, let's say.
In 32 starts last season between the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers, Gonzalez posted a 10-11 record with a 4.21 ERA. Over 171 innings of work, Gonzalez accumulated 148 strikeouts and had a 4.2 BB/9, his worst since 2009 with the Oakland Athletics.