The A’s just announced they’ve signed right-hander Edgar Gonzalez to a minor league contract, and that he’ll be a non-roster invitee to spring training. Although this move hardly makes waves, it’s not a surprise to see the A’s add another veteran w/major league starting experience to the mix. Gonzalez, who turns 26 on Feb. 23, began last season in Arizona’s starting rotation (six of his 17 appearances in ’08 were starts), but a sprained right elbow in late June sidelined him the rest of the season. He was just 20 when he broke in w/the Diamondbacks in 2003 and has a career mark of 14-21 with a 5.97 ERA in 80 games, 35 starts, over six seasons.
Throw him in the mix with Jerome Williams as a veteran who stands an outside shot of landing in the A’s rotation should nobody else really step up to claim a spot. But those odds seem slim. This may not be the last move we see before pitchers and catchers report Saturday. The A’s are on the lookout for some lefty relief. They’re interested in Andrew Sisco, who is coming off Tommy John surgery and reportedly will throw for scouts tomorrow.