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Atlanta Braves Express Interest in Milwaukee Brewers Reliever Mike Gonzalez

July 18th, 2013 at 8:19 PM
By Cody Fields

With Alex Wood projected to join the Atlanta Braves starting rotation in the future, the club is now down to one left-handed reliever. The Braves were previously in the market for a veteran relief pitcher, but now they're specifically looking for a lefty, Mark Bowman reports.

Assuming Wood ends up in the Braves rotation, that would likely push Kris Medlen back into the bullpen. Even if that happens, Luis Avilan will be the only lefty in Atlanta's bullpen.

This has led general manager Frank Wren to target Milwaukee Brewers lefty Mike Gonzalez, the Chicago Cubs' James Russell and the Houston Astros' Wesley Wright. Bowman says the Braves are more interested in Russell and Gonzalez, but Gonzalez seems to be more acquirable.

The reason for that is Russell is in his first arbitration-eligible season, so the Cubs still have some control past this year, whereas Gonzalez is a free agent after this year.

The 35-year-old Gonzalez, who played for the Braves from 2007-09, has a 3.00 ERA in 33 innings this season. More importantly, he can get both left and right handed hitters out. Lefties have hit .257 against him this year, while righties have hit .233.

Tags: Alex Wood, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Frank Wren, Kris Medlen, Luis Avilan, Mike Gonzalez, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB

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