SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Free agent left-handed reliever Michael Gonzalez declined the Texas Rangers' offer of a nonroster deal, according to sources.
The club made the offer last month and Gonzalez, who had his left knee scoped this offseason, determined he wanted to try to get a major-league deal. The Rangers traded for Gonzalez just before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline to bolster their bullpen.
He performed well in a situational lefty role, including two big postseason outs. Gonzalez struck out Johnny Damon with two runners on in the eighth inning of Game 3 of the ALDS, helping the Rangers keep a one-run lead. Texas eventually won that game and the series. He also pitched after a rain delay in Game 1 of the ALCS with the bases loaded and Texas leading by a run and got Alex Avila late in the game to end the threat.
The club has plenty of internal candidates for the left-handed bullpen job, but are always looking at anything that could improve the team.