Gio Gonzalez could be in line for quite the payday with the Yankees.
Nearing a Minor League deal with the club, the left-hander will have a base salary of $3 million. After that, he can earn $300,000 per start, with a maximum total of $12 million this season, per Jon Heyman.
Gio: 3M base milb deal, 300k per start. 12M Max. #yankees- Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 19, 2019
Gonzalez is at Yankees camp Tuesday and the deal is expected to be finalized in the short term. He shouldn't stay in the Minor Leagues too long -- if he pitches there at all -- but his late start this Spring Training could impact his availability for early in the season, when the Yankees would require his services the most with Luis Severino and CC Sabathia starting the season on the injured list.
One option for the Yankees, which they're experimenting with Tuesday, is to use Gonzalez in some sort of opener role, so he does not have to be totally stretched out in the beginning parts of the season.
Kristie Ackert of the Daily News pointed out that line of thinking earlier Tuesday, before the massive incentives that are built into Gonzalez's contract came to light.
Interestingly scouts saying Gio is ideal guy to use with an opener. #Yankees May be getting ready for that.- Kristie Ackert (@Ackert_Kristie) March 19, 2019