And it's exactly why Dan Duquette signs anyone and everyone over the winter, no matter how much it may frustrate fans wanting big moves or writers wanting a daily break from the "they signed whom?" story.
The Orioles picked Gonzalez off the scrap heap and signed him to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation Jan. 31 after he had a strong showing playing winter ball in Venezuela. It was one of those low-risk, under-the-radar moves Duquette does continually.
Gonzalez looked like he was going to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster, which would have been a feather in Duquette's cap anyway, before Detroit apparently got desperate for infield help after shortstop Jose Iglesias' stress fractures in both shins.
And so enter the no-brainer trade for Lombardozzi, a hard-nosed grinder type who is much younger, from Columbia, can play several positions -- including second base -- and can be sent to the minor leagues without passing through waivers.
He is absolutely the kind of guy who fits perfectly on a Buck Showalter-managed, Dan Duquette-assembled team. And they got him for an aging veteran who was just looking for a chance to make a spring impression. Win-win for all involved.