Gio Gonzalez has been more than a marginal upgrade for the Brewers since the Mets passed on him again after he opted out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees last month.
The 33-year-old lefty owns a 2-0 record and a 1.69 ERA in four starts for Milwaukee after allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Phillies. Gonzalez signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Brewers, the team he finished last season with, on April 24.
The Post’s Mike Puma reported at the time that the Mets “viewed Gio as a marginal upgrade over [Jason] Vargas at best” in their starting rotation and they “weren’t prepared to offer guaranteed dollars and face the prospect of carrying him all season” on their roster.
The Mets wouldn’t guarantee Gonzalez a spot in their rotation. The Brewers would.
“The Mets were huge,” Gonzalez said April 27 after officially joining the Brewers. “They were not not in it. They were definitely in there. They had such a great rotation. It was a tough decision. The Brewers met my needs.”
The Mets made a minor trade for Wilmer Font earlier this month, but he’s posted a 9.95 ERA in two starts. Chris Flexen also has made one spot start this season.
“The addition of Gio, ‘consistent’ is the word you’d like to use because the line scores look the same every time out,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Wednesday. “It’s more than consistent; he’s been really darn good. He hasn’t given up more than two runs in a start yet. That’s really good.”
Meanwhile, Vargas (1-2, 5.92) will make at least one minor-league rehab start at Double-A Binghamton before rejoining the rotation. Matz might return Saturday in Miami after throwing a 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday, but the Mets have not made that announcement officially.