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O’s trade Gonzalez for a player to be named

Mike Gonzalez had a 6.65 ERA on June 17 but has had a 1.90 ERA since.

The Baltimore Orioles have traded left-handed relief pitcher Mike Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later.

For most of his career with the Orioles Gonzalez has been more of a headache than he’s worth but his recent performance has boomed his stock and the contending Texas Rangers, which traded for Koji Uehara one month ago, felt the need to acquire him as they chance a World Series.

Gonzalez was slated to be a free agent at the end of this season so a trade in any manner made sense for a team near the very bottom of the Major League Baseball standings.

But recently Gonzalez has been absolutely phenomenal. The southpaw has not allowed a single run single July 18 when he surrendered three to the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox and before that he allowed only two runs since June 20.

After starting the season with a 6.65 ERA through June 17 Gonzalez has been spot on and has had only a 1.90 ERA since. In 23 2/3 innings since June 20 Gonzalez has struck out 23 batters for nearly a 9 K/9 ratio.

There is no time table of when the Rangers have to announce who they are going to sign and usually when these deals are made it if for a scrub three years later, meaning this was more of a decision to slash payroll. Mike Gonzalez was being paid over $6 million this season.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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