SS | 6'1", 210 lbs. |
Birth Date:February 15, 1977 (37 years old) Place of Birth:Cagua, VEN
Drafted:Signed by Florida in 1994.
Drafted:Signed by Florida in 1994.
|Assets:||Is very good defensively, with both range and a strong arm. Has legitimate home-run pop in his bat and can be a solid RBI producer. Has developed more consistency (both offensively and defensively) with age.|
|Flaws:||Is highly injury-prone. Swings for the fences too much, leading to streakiness and high strikeout totals. Doesn't have much patience at the plate, so his walk/strikeout ratio is usually ugly. Struggles when he plays too much.|
|Career Potential:||Good defensive infielder with home-run pop.|
Career Honors & Awards
|Named to the All-Star Game||1999|
|Eastern League (AA)||All-Star Team||1997|
|Gulf Coast League (R)||All-Star Team||1995|
Movements & Injuries
|4/20/2014||Released by the Detroit Tigers.|
|3/25/2014||Contract purchased from Toledo (AAA).|
|3/24/2014||Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles.|
|1/31/2014||Signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a minor league contract and invited to spring training.|
|6/03/2013||Released by the Milwaukee Brewers.|
|5/01/2013||Missed 3 games (hamstring).|
|4/17/2013||Missed 2 games (bruised left hand).|
|4/13/2013||Bruised left hand, day-to-day.|
|1/29/2013||Re-signed by the Milwaukee Brewers to a one-year contract.|
|10/29/2012||Missed the last 135 regular season games (right knee injury).|
|10/29/2012||Filed for free agency.|
|5/23/2012||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (right knee injury).|
|5/05/2012||Right knee injury, 15-day DL.|
|4/18/2012||Missed 3 games (paternity leave list).|
|4/13/2012||Placed on paternity leave list.|
|12/12/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers to a one-year contract.|
|10/30/2011||Declared free agent.|
|9/26/2011||Missed 4 games (strained right calf).|
|9/21/2011||Strained right calf, day-to-day.|
|9/12/2011||Missed 3 games (back injury).|
|9/09/2011||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|5/11/2011||Missed 1 game (left groin).|
|5/10/2011||Left groin, day-to-day.|
|11/02/2010||Atlanta Braves excercised their contract option for the 2011 season.|
|7/30/2010||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|7/14/2010||Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays.|
|6/10/2010||Missed 2 games (personal reasons).|
|6/09/2010||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|11/26/2009||Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays to a one-year contract.|
|11/09/2009||Boston Red Sox declined their contract option for the 2010 season.|
|10/04/2009||Missed 1 game (hand injury).|
|10/03/2009||Hand injury, day-to-day.|
|8/14/2009||Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds.|
|7/24/2009||Missed 29 games (right elbow injury).|
|6/20/2009||Right elbow injury, early September (retroactive to June 19th, 2009).|
|6/19/2009||Right elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|5/15/2009||Missed 9 games (oblique injury).|
|5/05/2009||Oblique injury, day-to-day.|
|5/28/2008||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (left knee injury).|
|3/30/2008||Left knee injury, 15-day DL.|
|9/19/2007||Missed 2 games (left knee injury).|
|9/17/2007||Left knee injury, day-to-day.|
|9/16/2007||Missed 3 games (left knee injury).|
|9/13/2007||Left knee injury, day-to-day.|
|8/15/2007||Bereavement list, day-to-day.|
|8/14/2007||Right elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|7/31/2007||Missed 16 games (restricted list).|
|7/21/2007||Placed on restricted list.|
|7/14/2007||Placed on bereavement list.|
|6/08/2007||Missed 2 games (right hamstring injury).|
|6/07/2007||Right hamstring injury, day-to-day.|
|4/17/2007||Missed 4 games (bereavement list).|
|4/12/2007||Placed on bereavement list.|
|11/20/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds to a two-year contract.|
|10/30/2006||Filed for free agency.|
|10/02/2006||Missed the last 6 games of the regular season (personal reasons).|
|9/26/2006||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|9/03/2006||Missed 15 games (back spasms).|
|8/22/2006||Back spasms, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 19th).|
|8/21/2006||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|2/06/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|10/29/2005||Filed for free agency.|
|9/07/2005||Missed 2 games (elbow injury).|
|9/06/2005||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|7/31/2005||Missed 1 game (elbow injury).|
|7/30/2005||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|7/29/2005||Missed 3 games (elbow injury).|
|7/26/2005||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|4/16/2005||Missed 2 games (hamstring).|
|4/28/2004||Suspended by MLB for 3 games.|
|12/20/2003||Re-signed by the Florida Marlins to a two-year contract.|
|7/13/2003||Missed 1 game (strained left hamstring).|
|7/12/2003||Strained left hamstring, day-to-day.|
|5/10/2003||Missed 3 games (wrist injury).|
|5/07/2003||Wrist injury, day-to-day.|
|12/20/2002||Re-signed by the Florida Marlins.|
|9/30/2002||Missed 119 games (shoulder injury).|
|7/20/2002||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (shoulder injury).|
|5/21/2002||Shoulder injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 19th).|
|5/19/2002||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|4/19/2002||Missed 1 game (shoulder injury).|
|4/18/2002||Hand injury, day-to-day.|
|1/18/2002||Re-signed by the Florida Marlins to a one-year contract.|
|9/30/2001||Missed 3 games (left elbow injury).|
|9/27/2001||Left elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|9/25/2001||Missed 2 games (left elbow injury).|
|9/23/2001||Left elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|3/24/2014||Detroit Tigers traded Steve Lombardozzi to the Baltimore Orioles for Alex Gonzalez.|
|1/31/2014||Signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a minor league contract.|
|12/12/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers.|
|7/14/2010||Toronto Blue Jays traded Alex Gonzalez, Tyler Pastronicky and Tim Collins to the Atlanta Braves for Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes.|
|11/26/2009||Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays.|
|8/14/2009||Cincinnati Reds traded Alex Gonzalez to the Cincinnati Reds for Kristopher Negron.|
|11/20/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds.|
|2/06/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox.|
|4/18/1994||Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Florida Marlins in 1994.|
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez released by Tigers | 04/20/2014 10:32 AM
NewsTigers released SS Alex Gonzalez.
ImpactWell, that didn't last long. Desperate for a replacement for Jose Iglesias, the Tigers traded Steve Lombardozzi for Gonzalez in a late-spring deal. The veteran infielder wound up lasting just three weeks, as he hit just .167/.219/.233 while showing diminished range in the field. The Tigers will go with Andrew Romine and Danny Worth at shortstop.
Alex Gonzalez hits walkoff RBI single vs. KC | 03/31/2014 4:29 PM
NewsAlex Gonzalez hit a walkoff RBI single in the Tigers' 4-3 defeat of the Royals on Opening Day.
ImpactGonzalez smacked an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 and then played the role of hero in the bottom of the ninth against Greg Holland, one of the best closers in the game. It was a nice debut for the veteran shortstop, but he's far from an attractive fantasy option. Gonzalez, 37, hit .177/.203/.230 in 118 plate appearances last season for the Brewers.
Tigers acquire SS Alex Gonzalez from Orioles | 03/24/2014 9:07 AM
NewsTigers acquired INF Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles for INF Steve Lombardozzi.
Dan Connolly on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers recently lost starting shortstop Jose Iglesias to dual leg fractures and are now scrambling to fill the vacancy. Gonzalez, 37, batted just .177/.203/.230 in 118 plate appearances last season for the Brewers and had to settle for a minor league contract this winter from the O's. He's not a very exciting option for Detroit.
Alex Gonzalez undergoes endoscopy | 03/21/2014 10:14 AM
NewsAlex Gonzalez underwent an endoscopy after concerns arose over a physical.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
ImpactGonzalez is anemic and needed to take iron pills, which caused the irregularity with his blood. The veteran infielder will be fine and has a shot to crack the Opening Day roster with Manny Machado (knee) likely to begin the year on the DL.
Alex Gonzalez hits first spring homer | 03/08/2014 4:20 PM
NewsNon-roster infielder Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer Saturday against the Red Sox.
ImpactWith Manny Machado seemingly likely to start off on the DL, Gonzalez has a chance of making the Orioles. Really, though, he might be more useful somewhere else. He was injured and miscast in Milwaukee last year, but he still has value as a backup infielder.
Orioles bring in veteran INF Alex Gonzalez | 01/31/2014 12:29 PM
NewsOrioles signed INF Alex Gonzalez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactGonzalez, who will turn 37 in a couple weeks, batted just .177/.203/.230 over 41 games for the Brewers last season before being released in June. The veteran infielder played some third and first base last season and could crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster as a backup infielder.
Brewers release INF Alex Gonzalez | 06/03/2013 12:12 PM
NewsBrewers released INF Alex Gonzalez.
ImpactGonzalez was given his outright release after batting just .177/.203/.230 with one home run through his first 41 games. The move clears a spot for the recently-acquired Juan Francisco on the active roster.
Gonzalez has two-run double in win | 05/24/2013 11:11 PM
NewsAlex Gonzalez delivered a two-run double in Friday's win over the Pirates.
ImpactThe Brewers couldn't get anything else going against A.J. Burnett and company, but it was enough for the victory. With the double, Gonzalez collected his first RBI since way back on May 2. The 36-year-old infielder is hitting just .188/.217/.248 through 37 games this season and can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Gonzalez (hammy) back in Wednesday's lineup | 05/01/2013 11:02 AM
NewsAlex Gonzalez (hamstring) is back in Wednesday's lineup.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
ImpactGonzalez hasn't played since Saturday due to a tight left hamstring. The 36-year-old is batting just .175 with one homer and five RBI through 18 games this season.
Alex Gonzalez out with hamstring injury | 04/29/2013 8:22 PM
NewsAlex Gonzalez is sitting out for the second straight game Monday due to a tight left hamstring.
ImpactGonzalez expects to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. "It's just kind of tightness," Gonzalez said. "It feels like when you get hit with a ball and you touch it. I'll have two nights off and I'll be back tomorrow. It's no big deal." Yuniesky Betancourt is at third base Monday, with Martin Maldonado covering first.
Alex Gonzalez scores three times | 04/27/2013 1:34 AM
NewsAlex Gonzalez went 3-for-4 and scored three times against the Dodgers on Friday.
ImpactHe was good tonight, but the Brewers have hurt themselves a bunch by failing to come up with a better stopgap than Gonzalez for first base. He's started 17 games so far and hit .186 with one homer.
Alex Gonzalez diagnosed with hand contusion | 04/12/2013 9:47 PM
NewsAlex Gonzalez has been diagnosed with a left hand contusion after being hit by a pitch during Friday's game.
Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
ImpactX-rays came back negative, which has the Brewers' breathing a sigh of relief after all of the injuries they have had to deal with in the infield. He should be considered day-to-day, but seems like he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Alex Gonzalez leaves after hit by pitch | 04/12/2013 9:24 PM
NewsAlex Gonzalez has been removed from Friday's game after getting hit on the hand by a pitch in the second inning.
Andrew Gruman on Twitter
ImpactGonzalez remained in the game for a few innings before eventually coming out. Yuniesky Betancourt moved over to third base and Blake Lalli took over at first base. The Brewers can ill-afford another injury in the infield, so hopefully this turns out to be only a minor issue.
Alex Gonzalez to start at 1B with Hart out | 03/10/2013 8:55 AM
NewsAlex Gonzalez is expected to be the Brewers' Opening Day first baseman.
ImpactAll 1,903 of Gonzalez's games as a professional have come as a shortstop, but the Brewers are lacking options following the knee injuries to Corey Hart and Mat Gamel. The veteran infielder admits to not feeling comfortable at the position yet. "I can tell you it's not easy," he said. "You have to move around. It's totally different (from shortstop). I try to make adjustments and relax and let things happen. I'm doing the best I can."
Dodgers pursued Alex Gonzalez to play third | 02/22/2013 8:55 PM
NewsAccording to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Dodgers pursued Alex Gonzalez this offseason to play third base, before he eventually signed with the Brewers.
ImpactThe idea would have been for Gonzalez to play some third base, and to "push" shortstop Hanley Ramirez. This could mean that the Dodgers aren't entirely confident that Luis Cruz can handle the hot corner for the entire season.
Brewers to give Gonzalez work at first base | 02/09/2013 6:44 PM
NewsBrewers manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday that he wants Alex Gonzalez to get some work in a first base, potentially serving as the backup to Mat Gamel there until Corey Hart is ready to return from the DL.
ImpactIn his 14-year career, Gonzalez has played exclusively at shortstop, but could be able to make the transition defensively. It would also be a way to get his powerful bat in the lineup more often, especially against tough left-handers.
Brewers finalize one-year deal with Gonzalez | 02/06/2013 2:50 PM
NewsBrewers signed INF Alex Gonzalez to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
ImpactFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that Gonzalez could earn an additional $1 million with incentives. The soon-to-be 36-year-old appeared in just 24 games last season prior to undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He's expected to function as a backup to 22-year-old Jean Segura.
Brewers bring back Alex Gonzalez on 1-yr deal | 01/29/2013 2:10 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a one-year contract.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|At Bats||5||at LA||Apr 9||5|
|Runs||2||vs. Bal||Apr 5||3|
|Hits||2||vs. KC||Mar 31||3|
|Triples||1||vs. KC||Mar 31||0|
|Total Bases||4||vs. KC||Mar 31||5|
|Extra-Base Hits||1||vs. KC||Mar 31||1|
|Runs Batted In||2||vs. KC||Mar 31||2|
|Base on Balls||1||2 times-last: vs. Cle||last: Apr 17||2|
|Times on Base||2||2 times-last: vs. Bal||last: Apr 5||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||595||2010 (Tor/Atl)|
|Home Runs||23||2 times-last: 2010 (Tor/Atl)|
|Total Bases||266||2010 (Tor/Atl)|
|Extra-Base Hits||68||2010 (Tor/Atl)|
|Runs Batted In||88||2010 (Tor/Atl)|
|Base on Balls||33||2003 (Fla)|
|Times on Base||187||2010 (Tor/Atl)|
|Strikeouts||126||2 times-last: 2011 (Atl)|
|Stolen Bases||7||2000 (Fla)|
|Caught Stealing||5||1999 (Fla)|
|Batting Average||.277||1999 (Fla)|
|On Base Percentage||.313||2003 (Fla)|
|Slugging Percentage||.447||2010 (Tor/Atl)|