Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees.
The Mets reportedly considered signing the 33-year-old left-hander in the offseason.
He would have received a $3 million base salary plus $300,000 for each start if he was added to the roster. Domingo German was inserted into the rotation, joining Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ.
The Yankees inked Gonzalez to a minors deal late in spring training but could not find a spot for him on their roster despite injuries to their starting rotation.
The Yankees have made a decision to recall Jonathan Loaisiga from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
After being traded over to Milwaukee from Washington previous year, Gonzalez was productive in his five regular season starts, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.13 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 25.1 innings.
The two-time All-Star is 127-97 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 big league campaigns. The Brewers also are kicking around a reunion with Gonzalez, whom Milwaukee traded for from the Washington Nationals last season before letting him walk, SNY reported. He hit.250 with one home and four RBIs this year for Cleveland, was designated for assignment on April 15 and elected free agency two days later.