White Sox sign the former veteran starting pitcher to a one-year contract. The pitcher was with the team in 2016 and most of 2017.
The Chicago White Sox have signed free-agent starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to a one-year contract at $4.75 million. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic broke the news on Twitter on Thursday morning. Gonzalez pitched 2016 and most of 2017 with the Sox.
Gonzalez, 33, was traded by the Sox in late August to the Texas Rangers. After going 7-10 with a 4.31 ERA through 22 starts for the Sox, Gonzalez didn’t have much success with the Rangers. In just five starts, Gonzalez went 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA.
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Although Gonzalez didn’t do well with Texas, he was able to provide some stability for the Sox over the past two seasons. Through 45 starts for the Sox, Gonzalez compiled a 12-18 record with a 4.02 ERA. The veteran right-hander had a solid 2016 season with the Sox as he went 5-8 with a 3.73 ERA through 23 starts.
The Sox clearly needed to add a starting pitcher to their rotation for the 2018 season, and signing Gonzalez makes sense. Gonzalez isn’t an ace, but he can continue to help the Sox in their rebuilding efforts. The veteran pitcher has pitched a total of 268.2 innings with the Sox over the past two seasons and he will be relied upon to provide stability for 2018.
With the addition of Gonzalez, the Sox starting rotation for 2018 is nearly complete. James Shields, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez should also begin this upcoming season in the rotation, but Carlos Rodon could miss Opening Day due to recovering from surgery. Expect Gonzalez to be a solid fourth or fifth starter for the Sox as they continue developing their younger pitchers for the future.
With the addition of Gonzalez, the Sox announced they designated outfielder Jacob May for assignment.