Gonzalez, 29, is a switch-hitting, average-to-above-average fielder who plays many positions around the diamond. He’s been a key cog for the Astros during their meteoric rise into the upper-echelon of the American League.
A seven-year MLB veteran (.264/.318/.419, 15 homers and 60 RBI per 162, 103 OPS+), the Venezuelan native’s breakout season came in 2017 when he slashed .303/.377/.530 with 23 homers, 90 RBI, a 146 OPS+, a .382 weighted on-base average, 144 weighted runs created plus rating, and a 4.0 fWAR rating over 515 plate appearances.
Though his productivity took a slight dip this past year (.247/.324/.409, 103 OPS+, .318 wOBA, 104 wRC+, 1.6 fWAR in 552 plate appearances), the range of talent Gonzalez brings to the table isn’t limited just to his bat.
Last year the 29-year-old played at least 20 games at four different positions. Most of his time was spent in left field (73 games, 3.7 ultimate zone rating, 6.0 defensive runs saved). He played 39 games at shortstop last year (-4.7 UZR, -5.0 DRS), 32 games at second (-0.1 UZR, 1.0 DRS), and 24 games at first (0.3 UZR, 1 DRS).
With the level of interest in Marwin Gonzalez quite literally stretching across the entire league, his price tag is sure to increase as free agency drags on. Whether the Mets will be priced out of the running for Gonzalez’ services remains to be seen.
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