Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez: A closer look

December 18, 2009

Garrett Atkins
Age: 30

Height/weight: 6 feet 3, 215 pounds

Position: Third base/first base

Major league service: Parts of seven big league seasons

2009 stats: .226 average, 9 homers and 48 RBIs

Notable: At UCLA, he was both a teammate and roommate of future Philadelphia Phillies star Chase Utley.

The O's hope: He can rediscover his power stroke and become the type of hitter he was during the 2006-08 seasons, in which he averaged 25 homers and 110 RBIs.

Mike Gonzalez
Age: 31

Height/weight: 6 feet 2, 215 pounds

Position: Relief pitcher

Major league service: Parts of seven big league seasons

2009 stats: 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA, 10 saves and 70 holds in 80 appearances

Notable: He has a sub-3.00 ERA in five of his past six seasons in the big leagues.

The O's hope: He'll stabilize the back end of a bullpen that was in flux after the trade of All-Star closer George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July.

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