The Milwaukee Brewers have been looking for rotation help all season and they’ve finally landed another starter.
Because he was acquired prior to 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 31, Gonzalez will be eligible for the postseason roster, should the Brewers qualify.
Gonzalez, 33 next month, has a 4.57 ERA (93 ERA+) with 126 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings this season. He’s always been a workhorse — Gonzalez has made at least 27 starts every season since 2010 — so, if nothing else, Milwaukee can feel confident he’ll make all his starts the rest of the season.
Prior to adding Gio, the Brewers rotation depth chart looked something like this:
There’s an obvious place for Gonzalez in that rotation, especially with it looking less and less likely that Nelson will return before the end of the season. There is no such thing as too much pitching depth.
The Nationals, meanwhile, have taken part in a soft rebuild in recent days and weeks. Impending free agents Daniel Murphy and Ryan Madson were traded away, and Matt Adams was let go on a waiver claim. Now Gonzalez, another impending free agent, has been dealt.