This afternoon, Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal broke the news that lefthanded reliever and former Nat Michael Gonzalez had signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, the same team that recently added Tom Gorzelanny.
As I discussed earlier this week, the Nationals have few internal lefty reliever options, only Zach Duke and minor league FA Bill Bray, and the free agent market is thinning fast. The only really viable free agent option left is former Ray J.P. Howell. If the Nats don’t act fast and with a competitive offer, they will be left out in the cold in terms of free agent lefties. Other teams are also surely aware of the dearth of lefties, which means interest in Howell could spike dramatically.The Nats need to lock him up, and do so quickly, or they could be in trouble.