White Sox trade veteran pitcher to Rangers in exchange for infielder. The veteran pitcher had a solid tenure on the South Side.
On the cusp of the August 31st Waiver Trade Deadline, the Chicago White Sox completed their sixth and final trade of the 2017 season. Veteran starter Miguel Gonzalez was sent Thursday night to the Texas Rangers for infielder Ti’Quan Forbes, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillio.
Gonzalez last season was an early season addition, and turned out to be one of the few bright spots of the 2016 White Sox. Gonzalez went 5-8 with a 3.73 ERA over 135 innings of work. His surprisingly strong ’16 campaign won him a rotation spot entering the 2017 season. Although he has dealt with his fair share of ups-and-downs, Gonzalez is currently 7-10 with a 4.30 ERA on the season.
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After a very rough two month stretch in May and June where he went 1-7 with a 7.01 ERA, Gonzalez was able to attract enough value for a trade with an impressive second half turn around. In nine starts in the second half, Gonzalez has gone 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA. He recorded quality starts in eight of those nine outings.
The Texas Rangers enter play today at 66-67; fours games back of the second wild card in the American League. They are acquiring a starter in Gonzalez who has quietly been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two months. Even after dealing former ace Yu Darvish at the trading deadline on July 31, Texas believes they still have enough to make a late postseason push.
For the Sox, they’re acquiring a middle infielder in Forbes who does not rank in the Rangers top 30 prospects. At Single-A this season, Forbes is hitting .234 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI’s.
The White Sox continue to add to their impressive overhaul of minor league talent, while the Rangers attempt to remain relevant in the American League playoff hunt.