Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nats Sign Gonzalez, Rizzo Gets Fined

CSN Washington reported today that the Washington Nationals have signed left handed reliever Mike Gonzalez to a minor league contract.

Gonzalez was originally at 30th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 1997. He has played for the Pirates, Braves, Orioles, and Rangers throughout his career before the Nationals.

His most notable season came back in 2006 for the Pirates when he appeared in 54 games and recorded a save in 24 of them. He has a lifetime ERA of 2.94 and a lifetime WHIP of 1.243.

CSN Philadelphia reported today that Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo has been fined for comments he made after Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels admitted to intentionally hitting the Nationals 19-year old outfielder Bryce Harper.

Rizzo called Hamels "classless", "gutless", and even through in a few choice words that will not be repeated following Sunday nights fiasco.

The sum of the fine has not been disclosed. Hamels was suspended five games for his actions.