The Seattle Mariners have decided to part ways with veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
The 34-year-old was a longshot to make the club out of Spring Training, but will now have a chance to sign with another organization.
The Mariners decided to release Carlos Gonzalez despite having a lack of quality depth in the outfield. The three-time All-Star might have been able to add a veteran presence to this young rebuilding organization, but the Mariners want to go in another direction.
What is Next for Carlos Gonzalez?
The 2019 season was a struggle for Carlos Gonzalez as he heavily regressed after multiple successful seasons. He slashed .200/.289/.283 with three home runs and 10 RBI through 42 games last season. He played with both the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, but didn’t have much success on either team.
His best years are likely behind him, but Gonzalez can still bring something to the table. He is a career .285 hitter with 234 home runs and 785 RBI through 12 seasons in the MLB. Gonzalez does have postseason success as well, so he could be a valuable option to a contending team. However, he was only able to land a minor league invite with a rebuilding team which means there was not much interest in him.
Sadly, there is a chance that Gonzalez does not get another chance in the big leagues. Many organizations would rather use their farm system for cheaper then give a veteran like Gonzalez a chance. His bat won’t be the same as it used to be, but he’s an elite fielder and deserves a spot on a roster.
Hopefully, another organization gives Carlos Gonzalez a chance to show that he still has something left in the tank. It would be a shame to see his career end like this. He deserves another opportunity to show he can still play at a high level after his rough 2019 campaign. However, he might have to wait until an injury or trade happens before getting another shot at the big league level.