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Gio Gonzalez appears increasingly likely to opt out of his minor league deal with the Yankees on Saturday, according to multiple major league sources. If he does, the Mets could be more of a fit than they were in the offseason.
On Friday, Gonzalez switched agents from Scott Boras to CAA. The move was intended to set him up with representation that he felt more comfortable with, in the event that he would become a free agent again.
If Gonzalez requests his release from the Yankees on Saturday, per a clause in his contract, the team will have 48 hours to add him to the major league roster. With Domingo German pitching capably and CC Sabathia back from the injured list, there is no obvious spot for Gonzalez -- though the Yankees could promote him and either piggyback him with German or put in him their rotation, in order to retain control.
If that doesn't happen, the Mets seem more open to adding Gonzalez than in the offseason, when they weren't interested. Now, with Jason Vargas struggling, a declining Gonzalez could still represent an upgrade.
No Mets official would comment, either on or off the record, about a player still under control by the Yankees. But sources outside the organization indicated that Gonzalez and the Mets could be a fit.