Yankees Agree to Minor League Deal With LHP Gio Gonzalez

Yankees put a short-term patch on their rotation depth with Gio Gonzalez

Green would be an ideal fit for an opener role because he throws hard and can give the Yankees up to two innings of work to get them through the top of a batting order to start the game.

Boone opened the door when Severino - who isn't expected to return until May at the earliest with a shoulder injury - was shelved, and Sabathia won't be available until mid- to late-April, so the Yankees could use an opener to fill the back end of their rotation through the season's opening weeks. "You can never have enough pitching".

"It's him compared to anybody else we now have at Triple-A through April 20, and the guy he has always been is lot better than those guys", Cashman said.

Gonzalez is a durable pitcher, though his effectiveness is in decline.

The left-hander has made at least 27 starts in nine seasons in a row and keeps batters off-balance with a big, swooping curveball.

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"The movement of the off-speed pitches was good", Tanaka said through a translator.

"We'll see how far along he is", Boone added.

Prior to being acquired by the Brewers, Gonzalez struggled with the Nationals last season, and his 6.75 ERA from June through August ranked 73rd out of 74 qualified starters in that span, ahead of only that of Bartolo Colon. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch, then started Games 1 and 4 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Just two seasons ago Gonzalez was one of the better pitchers in the National League, going 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA with Washington. He also had three games finished and one complete game.

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