Minnesota Twins have agreed to a deal with former Houston Astros utility player Marwin Gonzalez. According to ESPN‘s Jeff Passan, Gonzalez will ink a 2-Year, $21 million contract. He will have a base salary of $12 million in 2019 and $9 million in 2020.
Marwin Gonzalez played a significant part in Astros’ recent success thanks to his versatility. In 2018, he played 145 games while being used on all positions besides pitcher and catcher. He was mostly featured on left field and at the middle infield positions, however, which proved to be vulnerable for Houston due to injuries of George Springer, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve. Gonzalez finished the year with .247 batting average, 16 homers and 68 RBIs.
Gonzalez joined Houston Astros in 2011, after Boston Red Sox traded his right in exchange for Marco Duarte. He made his MLB debut in 2012, and established himself as a reliable part of the team’s rotation, increasing his numbers with each passing season. His MLB career stats include .264 batting average, 76 home runs and 292 RBIs.
Besides Marwin Gonzalez, Twins had several other notable additions in the offseason including first baseman C.J. Cron and second baseman Jonathan Schoop alongside six-time All-Star right fielder Nelson Cruz.