NL East Notes: Gonzalez denies PED use

NL East Notes: Gonzalez denies PED use
January 30, 2013, 9:00 am

Think the Phillies' rotation is old? Well, the stats show their pitching staff still sits atop the National League (see story).

And on Tuesday, the team reintroduced reliever Chad Durbin after signing him to a new contract (see story).

Here is a look at other stories from around the National League East:

Gio denies PED use
Gio Gonzalez was mentioned in the Miami New Times' report of players linked to Anthony Bosch, who is being investigated by MLB and the Drug Enforcement Administration (via HardballTalk).

The Miami New Times obtained patient records which suggested players have been receiving HGH from Bosch.

Despite being mentioned in the report, Gonzalez was not connected to anything banned by Major League Baseball.

"I've never used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind, and I never will," Gonzalez said in an issued statement reported by the Washington Times, per HardballTalk. "I've never met or spoken with Tony Bosch or used any substances provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie."

In his first season with the Nationals, Gonzalez went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA. His 21 wins were most in the NL and he finished third in the voting for Cy Young.

Mets, Murphy avoid arbitration
The New York Mets and second baseman Daniel Murphy have avoided arbitration, reports ESPN New York's Adam Rubin (via HardballTalk).

Murphy was first-time eligible for arbitration and will reportedly make $2.925 million next season.

In his first four seasons with the Mets, the 27-year-old has batted .292.  In 156 games ast season, he hit .291 with six home runs and 65 RBIs.

Mets ink Atchison to minor-league deal
The New York Mets have signed Scott Atchinson to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, per HardballTalk.

Atchison was non-tendered by the Red Sox earlier this offseason and declined to rejoin them on a minor-league deal.

The 37-year-old reliever posted a 3.18 ERA in his three seasons with the Red Sox. In 51 innings last year, he recorded a 1.58 ERA.

A combination of age and last season's elbow problems likely played a role in Atchison receiving just a minor-league deal.

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