Yankees acquire Alberto Gonzalez

Austin & Flores get two hits apiece in AA loss
Mailbag: Cliff Lee, Nick Hundley, Rob Refsnyder
(Scott Cunningham/Getty)
(Scott Cunningham/Getty)

The Yankees have acquired infielder Alberto Gonzalez from the Cubs for cash or a player to be named later, the team announced. Yes, this is the same Alberto Gonzalez who spent some time with New York from 2007-2008. They originally acquired him in the Randy Johnson trade, then traded him to the Nationals for reliever Jhonny Nunez. Nunez then went to the White Sox as part of the package for Nick Swisher.

Anyway, the 30-year-old Gonzalez is not on the 40-man roster and will report to Triple-A Scranton. He’s a right-handed bat and a career .241/.279/.319 (59 wRC+) hitter in 989 big league plate appearances, but he also plays average or better defense at the three non-first base infield positions. In 873 career plate appearances at the Triple-A level, Gonzalez has hit .263/.312/.369. He isn’t much of a threat to steal bases either.

The Yankees need infield help following Derek Jeter‘s setback and Eduardo Nunez sudden proclivity for day-to-day injuries, plus there’s a chance David Adams will be called up to replace Ben Francisco when eligible next week. Gonzalez is nothing special, pretty much replacement level, but adding another legitimate middle infield to the Triple-A team was something the Yankees needed to do.

Austin & Flores get two hits apiece in AA loss
Mailbag: Cliff Lee, Nick Hundley, Rob Refsnyder
  • Karl Krawfid

    I remember him making a nice diving play at third base to double up a runner when Wang out dueled CC in that 1-0 game at Cleveland back in 2008.

  • vicki

    righthanded bat, non-liability in the field. nice depth.

    behind adams and musty!

  • forensic

    And Gil Velazquez sheds a tear…

    Looking back, it’s amazing how many AB’s the Nationals, and then the Padres to a lesser extent, actually gave him in the majors. I know they were terrible then, but things like playing him are part of why they were so terrible.

  • Paco Dooley

    Amazing that he maintained his MLB career despite that career break as the U.S. Attorney General. Hopefully his skills with a bat are at least better than his skills as an AG.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The Attorney General is back, bitches.

    Smart move.

    • gageagainstthemachine

      *shivers* don’t remind me of that Alberto Gonzalez!!

  • Jersey Joe

    Hmm. Solid move I guess. I like his glove better than Gil’s, and their bats are probably about the same. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in the Bronx at some point.

    • Laz

      If he makes it to NY something is terribly wrong.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He’s about one injury away from making it to NY.

        • Travis L.

          And down goes Nix…..

      • D$1184

        Not sure where you’ve been but many things have gone horribly wrong…

      • Havok9120

        I’m not certain about that. I mean, is Chris Nelson really a better option? Not that I’m calling for Nelson to be cut, mind, I’m just saying.

  • mt

    Solid move – we have no idea how much this Nunez thing will linger – nice to have a ML quality defensive back-up somewhere in system. Also if Nunez injury lingers could AG be an upgrade (defensively) to Nelson since he has some ML experience at SS, 2B and 3rd base?

    Unfortunately he will fit right in with his offensive challenges.
    I still can’t get over how Yanks are winning all these games with no offense – Yankees 19 runs scored so far in May are the worst of all 30 MLB teams. Of course only about 30% of month has gone by and things can reverse quickly (SSS and several teams bunched up near bottom) but I wonder when is the last time Yankees were dead last in all MLB in runs scored for a full calendar month.

  • http://riveravenueblues mississippi Doc

    We can only win with smoke and mirrors so long and then…but sometimes the 69 Mets win championships

  • trr

    There’s no slam-dunk, quick fix for SS so we take what’s available, create some organizational depth, and keep our fingers crossed that the injury plague will abate….

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  • Adam

    This just made me think of an AG related story. I remember at some point during his first stint with the Yankees, someone actually telling me that the team should trade Cano and make Gonzalez the starting second baseman. Seriously.