Gio Gonzalez a Mets' option with Yankees breakup imminent

Gio Gonzalez is reportedly planning on opting out of his minor league deal with the New York Yankees, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

So far, NY has yet to need him at the major league level with CC Sabathia returning from the IL and Domingo German establishing himself as a legitimate starter. As one might expect for a veteran of his stature, Gonzalez's non-guaranteed deal is packed with incentives - perhaps more so than any minors deal in recent memory.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Yankees' starter Gio Gonzalez has switched from being represented by Scott Boras to being represented by Creative Arts Agency, which has several deep ties within the Mets organization including their new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen.

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Gonzalez's contract comes with a $3MM base salary, but the greater consideration for the Yankees is surely the incentives structure to which he agreed. He'd reportedly be paid a hefty $300K per start with the Yankees at the Major League Baseball level, on top of that base rate of pay, making it a fairly expensive proposition to even take a look at him on a short-term, trial basis. His contract included an opt-out if he was not in the Major Leagues by April 20.

Thus far with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, Gonzalez has had mixed results. The Yankees would have 48 hours to add him to their roster, and if they don't, he'll become a free agent.

Gonzalez, 33, was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starts as of late Thursday night. In the past three seasons, he has averaged 183 innings while posting a 112 ERA+ and a 2.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio. A tie to CAA strengthens the Mets connection for Gonzalez, considering that the Mets now employs numerous players represented by CAA including two of their highest paid players, Robinson Cano and Yoenis Cespedes. Domingo German would be the leading candidate - you wouldn't yank veterans CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ or James Paxton.

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