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05:41 PM ET 01.29 | Veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez will be back with the Milwaukee Brewers for at least another season, as the Brewers have signed Gonzalez to a one-year deal. The 35-year-old missed almost all of the 2012 season with a torn ACL in his right knee, and he was only able to amass 81 plate appearances in 24 games. During that period of time, Gonzalez hit just .259 but drove in 15 RBIs and four home runs en route to a .783 OPS. Prized young shortstop Jean Segura is the starter at shortstop for the Brewers, and Gonzalez will be a solid veteran backup behind Segura. He rates out well as a fielder and was worth 3.3 WAR in 2010 due to his defense. In his last full season in 2011, Gonzalez knocked 15 home runs for the Atlanta Braves but was worth just 1.1 WAR in 149 games due to a paltry .270 OBP.

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January 30, 2013  04:53 AM ET

AGon didn't get through a whole season with the Jays, being traded for Yunel, but did a good job while he was here. Solid defensive SS with some pop, but most importantly, a true professional and class act. Perfect mentor for a young developing SS.

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January 30, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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AGon didn't get through a whole season with the Jays, being traded for Yunel, but did a good job while he was here. Solid defensive SS with some pop, but most importantly, a true professional and class act. Perfect mentor for a young developing SS.

enjoyed watching him with the Braves. he was an outstanding SS, but his 'all or nothing' approach at the plate was enough to make you cringe every time you saw him in the on-deck circle.

January 30, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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enjoyed watching him with the Braves. he was an outstanding SS, but his 'all or nothing' approach at the plate was enough to make you cringe every time you saw him in the on-deck circle.

The "all or nothing" mentality has invaded MLB. Managers are willingly accepting 150 strikeout seasons for 25+ homeruns.

January 30, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Now their ready to win it all!

January 30, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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Good signing for the Brew Crew.

nothing would hurt if you have and extra infielder in your roster,,

January 30, 2013  01:34 PM ET

This guy is dead weight...... write that down. He gonna hit below Mendoza line and his already deteriorating lateral movements are going to be non existent and the errors will pile up. A good player off the bench can put the ball in play consistently, which A-Gon has never been able to do ANYWHERE in his career. He was average at best with ATL, and tat was 2 years and a knee reconstruction ago. Buyer beware.......

 
January 30, 2013  06:20 PM ET
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This guy is dead weight...... write that down. He gonna hit below Mendoza line and his already deteriorating lateral movements are going to be non existent and the errors will pile up. A good player off the bench can put the ball in play consistently, which A-Gon has never been able to do ANYWHERE in his career. He was average at best with ATL, and tat was 2 years and a knee reconstruction ago. Buyer beware.......

I don't think they signed him to be relied upon. He is insurance, but most importantly, he is a mentor for a young highly touted prospect. He has always been a defensive shortstop, but he is known for how he carries himself as a professional. Class acts become mentors late in their career, where head cases are not always given the chance to prolong their career because of the way that they've carried themselves in the past. This is a good sign for the Brew-Crew.

Wouldn't be surprised to see AGon make the transition from bench player/mentor to coach over the next couple of years.

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