Report: Yankees nearing deal with SP Gio Gonzalez

With an eye towards upgrading their starting rotation, the New York Yankees are close to signing free agent starter Gio Gonzalez.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reported the news.

Starting pitching was by New York’s biggest weakness in 2018. In total, Yankees starters posted a 4.05 ERA, only the 14th best in the league.

New York did acquire James Paxton in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. But depth is always important, especially with ace Luis Severino starting the season on the DL.

The 33-year-old Gonzalez pitched for the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers in 2018. Between the two teams, he posted a 4.21 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 148 strikeouts in 171 innings over 32 starts.