Gonzalez is now with Boras
Two Major League sources have confirmed that Mike Gonzalez has chosen Scott Boras to now serve as his agent. The left-handed reliever had previously been represented by Dan Lozano of the Beverly Hills Sports Council.
Boras’ affiliation should not have much affect on whether or not the Braves attempt to get into a bidding war to secure Gonzalez’s services. The well-known agent and Frank Wren seem to have a good working relationship.
While it seems highly unlikely that Rafael Soriano will return to Atlanta, there still seems to be an outside shot that the Braves will attempt to re-sign Gonzalez. But the level of their interest will be based on the cost that is set courtesy of the interest the left-handed reliever receives from other clubs.
Gonzalez posted a 2.42 ERA and limited opponents to a .209 batting average in the career-high 80 appearances he made for the Braves this past season.
The Braves are definitely expected to offer arbitration to Gonzalez, who made $3.45 million this past season. Because he has been classified as a Type-A free agent, this offer would provide them the opportunity to receive draft pick compensation if he were to sign elsewhere.
If a Type A free agent signs elsewhere before Dec. 1 or recieves an arbitration offer from their former club, the former club is eligible to receive a first-round draft pick and a sandwich selection between the first and second rounds.
In the event that the signing club has one of the Draft’s first 15 selections, the former club would receive the sandwich selection and a second-round selection.