The Washington Nationals traded Gio Gonzalez nearly one year ago. What has he been up to over the last eleven months?
Coming off of his first All-Star appearance in 2011, Gonzalez backed it up by making his second All-Star team and placing third in the National League Cy Young vote.
He also received Cy Young votes in 2017 after recording a 2.96 ERA, and 3.7 WAR in over 200 innings pitched.
Gonzalez was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers and pitched exceptionally well for them in September. He threw 25.1 innings and posted a 2.13 ERA.
Milwaukee went on to make the NLCS, giving Gonzalez a shot at postseason innings. However, he didn’t see much action, pitching only three innings over two games and allowing two earned runs.
After the season, Gonzalez elected for free agency and signed with the New York Yankees in late March. He didn’t pitch one time for New York before getting released in April. Shortly after his release, Milwaukee signed him to a one-year deal.
In 2019, he picked up right where he left off with the Brewers. In 54.1 innings pitched, Gonzalez is touting a 3.81 ERA over 11 starts.
The Brewers rotation is relatively weak, with Brandon Woodruff as the only other above average starter. If Gonzalez can pitch like the way Nats fans know he can, he’ll make the Brewers a dangerous team in October.
Luckily for the Nats, they won’t have to face their former teammate this series. Gonzalez pitched on Wednesday and is not projected to start in D.C.
Regardless, Nats fans everywhere should wish Gio the best of luck in his MLB career. Well, except for when and if he does face the Nationals next.