The Milwaukee Brewers were active Friday, hoping a flurry of trades would bolster their lineup over the season’s final month and then potentially into the playoffs.
The Brew Crew made three deals, including one for veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, and another for veteran slugger Curtis Granderson of the Toronto Blue Jays.
A player must be on a club by Aug. 31 to be eligible for the postseason. Milwaukee is four games behind Chicago in the NL Central after Friday night’s 4-1 win against the Nationals and currently holds the second NL wild-card spot.
Gonzalez is 7-11 with a 4.57 ERA in 27 starts this year. He has a 6.53 ERA since the start of June, which ranks 73rd out of 74 qualified starters during that span, ahead of only the Texas Rangers’ Bartolo Colon (7.01).cheap nfl jerseys from china nike
Gonzalez has a 6.75 ERA in five career starts at Miller Park, including a 9.82 ERA in three starts there over the past three seasons.
“I think everyone needs a fresh start now and then,” Gonzalez said Friday night in Washington, where he watched the Nationals lose to the Brewers 4-1. “It’s unfortunate I put myself in this situation, and now it’s time I get myself out of it. Milwaukee took a shot with me, and I’m going to do my best to make it happen.”
Gonzalez, who will be a free agent after the season, spent his past seven seasons in Washington and ranks first in franchise history in wins (86), WAR (21.4) and strikeouts (1,215). A two-time All-Star, he is 124-97 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 major league seasons overall.
In exchange for Gonzalez, Washington gets back minor league catcher/first baseman KJ Harrison and infielder Gilbert Lara from the Brewers. Harrison, a third-round pick in 2017 out of Oregon State, was hitting .228 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs for Class A Wisconsin. Lara, of the Dominican Republic, was hitting .249 with 45 runs scored at Wisconsin.
Milwaukee also received $250,000 in international slot money as part of the deal.cheap nfl jerseys nike china
Granderson, meanwhile, is batting .243 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 103 games for Toronto this year. A three-time All-Star, he signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the team in the offseason.
Granderson has 330 homers in 15 major league seasons and has played in 57 postseason games, batting .227 with nine homers.