Gio Gonzalez has a decision to make this week.
There is an April 20 opt-out in the minor deal deal Gonzalez signed with the Yankees last month, giving him the chance to return to free agency if he hasn't been called up to the majors by Saturday.
"Right now, I'm not even thinking 30 teams," Gonzalez recently told the New York Post. "If it's not good enough for this team that I'm with right now, that's all that matters. I want to perform for the team that has me in their minors right now. Hopefully something happens."
The Yankees may not feel compelled to call the 33-year-old lefty up and pay him a $3 million base salary plus $300,000 per start.
Luis Severino now may not return until the summer because of a lat strain, but the Yanks just got CC Sabathia back in their rotation. Domingo German has pitched well as Severino's fill-in so far.
Gonzalez has allowed 10 runs in 15 innings across three starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was rocked for eight runs in four innings in his season debut, but he struck out 10 in six shutout innings in his second outing, allowing just three hits and a walk. On Sunday, he earned his second win when he gave up two runs in five innings, giving up eight hits and two walks while striking out eight.
He could get one more start before he has to make a decision. If he feels confident in what he showed so far, he could opt out and hope another team will give him a chance at making the majors.
But it would be a big risk. Gonzalez revealed after he signed that the Yankees were the only team to make him an offer. So there's a chance he'd be back at square one if he leaves. Staying with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is a safer option.