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Alex Gonzalez | Shortstop

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 2/15/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers released SS Alex Gonzalez.
Well, that didn't last long. Desperate for a replacement for Jose Iglesias, the Tigers traded Steve Lombardozzi for Gonzalez in a late-spring deal. The veteran infielder wound up lasting just three weeks, as he hit just .167/.219/.233 while showing diminished range in the field. The Tigers will go with Andrew Romine and Danny Worth at shortstop. Apr 20 - 10:32 AM

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Alex Gonzalez hit a walkoff RBI single in the Tigers' 4-3 defeat of the Royals on Opening Day.

Gonzalez smacked an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 and then played the role of hero in the bottom of the ninth against Greg Holland, one of the best closers in the game. It was a nice debut for the veteran shortstop, but he's far from an attractive fantasy option. Gonzalez, 37, hit .177/.203/.230 in 118 plate appearances last season for the Brewers.
Mar 31 - 4:29 PM

Tigers acquired INF Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles for INF Steve Lombardozzi.

The Tigers recently lost starting shortstop Jose Iglesias to dual leg fractures and are now scrambling to fill the vacancy. Gonzalez, 37, batted just .177/.203/.230 in 118 plate appearances last season for the Brewers and had to settle for a minor league contract this winter from the O's. He's not a very exciting option for Detroit.
Mar 24 - 9:07 AM

Alex Gonzalez underwent an endoscopy after concerns arose over a physical.

Gonzalez is anemic and needed to take iron pills, which caused the irregularity with his blood. The veteran infielder will be fine and has a shot to crack the Opening Day roster with Manny Machado (knee) likely to begin the year on the DL.
Mar 21 - 10:14 AM

Non-roster infielder Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer Saturday against the Red Sox.

With Manny Machado seemingly likely to start off on the DL, Gonzalez has a chance of making the Orioles. Really, though, he might be more useful somewhere else. He was injured and miscast in Milwaukee last year, but he still has value as a backup infielder.
Mar 8 - 4:20 PM

Orioles signed INF Alex Gonzalez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gonzalez, who will turn 37 in a couple weeks, batted just .177/.203/.230 over 41 games for the Brewers last season before being released in June. The veteran infielder played some third and first base last season and could crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster as a backup infielder.
Jan 31 - 12:29 PM

Brewers released INF Alex Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was given his outright release after batting just .177/.203/.230 with one home run through his first 41 games. The move clears a spot for the recently-acquired Juan Francisco on the active roster.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Alex Gonzalez delivered a two-run double in Friday's win over the Pirates.

The Brewers couldn't get anything else going against A.J. Burnett and company, but it was enough for the victory. With the double, Gonzalez collected his first RBI since way back on May 2. The 36-year-old infielder is hitting just .188/.217/.248 through 37 games this season and can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Fri, May 24, 2013 11:11:00 PM

Alex Gonzalez (hamstring) is back in Wednesday's lineup.

Gonzalez hasn't played since Saturday due to a tight left hamstring. The 36-year-old is batting just .175 with one homer and five RBI through 18 games this season.
Wed, May 1, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Alex Gonzalez is sitting out for the second straight game Monday due to a tight left hamstring.

Gonzalez expects to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. "It’s just kind of tightness," Gonzalez said. "It feels like when you get hit with a ball and you touch it. I’ll have two nights off and I’ll be back tomorrow. It’s no big deal." Yuniesky Betancourt is at third base Monday, with Martin Maldonado covering first.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 08:22:00 PM

Alex Gonzalez went 3-for-4 and scored three times against the Dodgers on Friday.

He was good tonight, but the Brewers have hurt themselves a bunch by failing to come up with a better stopgap than Gonzalez for first base. He's started 17 games so far and hit .186 with one homer.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:34:00 AM

Alex Gonzalez was diagnosed with a left hand contusion after being hit by a pitch during Friday's game.

X-rays came back negative, which has the Brewers breathing a sigh of relief after all of the injuries they have had to deal with in the infield. Gonzalez should be considered day-to-day.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 09:47:00 PM

Alex Gonzalez has been removed from Friday's game after getting hit on the hand by a pitch in the second inning.

Gonzalez remained in the game for a few innings before eventually coming out. Yuniesky Betancourt moved over to third base and Blake Lalli took over at first base. The Brewers can ill-afford another injury in the infield, so hopefully this turns out to be only a minor issue.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 09:24:00 PM

Alex Gonzalez is expected to be the Brewers' Opening Day first baseman.

All 1,903 of Gonzalez's games as a professional have come as a shortstop, but the Brewers are lacking options following the knee injuries to Corey Hart and Mat Gamel. The veteran infielder admits to not feeling comfortable at the position yet. "I can tell you it's not easy," he said. "You have to move around. It's totally different (from shortstop). I try to make adjustments and relax and let things happen. I'm doing the best I can."
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 08:55:00 AM

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Dodgers pursued Alex Gonzalez this offseason to play third base, before he eventually signed with the Brewers.

The idea would have been for Gonzalez to play some third base, and to "push" shortstop Hanley Ramirez. This could mean that the Dodgers aren't entirely confident that Luis Cruz can handle the hot corner for the entire season.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 07:55:00 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
3Tyler Collins
4Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Rick Porcello
5Kyle Lobstein
6Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Evan Reed
10Robbie Ray
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Anibal Sanchez
14Luke Putkonen