Gonzalez incentives tied to games finished

The Brewers’ $2.25 million, one year contract with left-hander Mike Gonzalez could pay up to $400,000 in performance bonuses, according to the Associated Press.

Gonzalez would earn $50,000 for 25 games finished, $75,000 each for 30 and 35 games finished, and $100,000 apiece for 40 and 50 games finished. Since it’s difficult to imagine Gonzalez being the Brewers’ mop-up man, those incentives are essentially in place to reward him if he takes over from John Axford as the Brewers’ closer.

The 34-year-old Gonzalez has 56 career saves but has not spent significant time in a closer’s role since 2009 with Atlanta. He officially signed with the Brewers on Monday after agreeing to terms on Dec. 28.

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