White Sox: Gio Gonzalez will be a great fifth starter

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The Chicago White Sox needed some pitching in 2020. Gio Gonzalez isn’t a long term solution but he should be a good fifth starter for them.

The Chicago White Sox needed some pitching. They are in the conversation when it comes to just about every free agent pitcher out there right now because they need to make sure they have some depth there going into 2020. They started off by signing Gio Gonzalez to a one year deal on Thursday. It isn’t a game-breaking deal by any means but it should for sure help the team’s pitching depth. The rotation is shaping up to be pretty solid if they can sign one more highly touted name to come in and help.

Gonzalez has actually been with the White Sox organization before. He was drafted by the White Sox in 2004 but he never got into a Major League game with them. Instead, he was traded away to the Philadelphia Phillies for a guy named Jim Thome. That turned out to be a pretty good trade for the White Sox in the end. He was also sent back to the White Sox by the Phillies in exchange for Freddy Garcia. Later, the White Sox would trade him again, this time to the Oakland Athletics for Nick Swisher. He was definitely sent away and reacquired by the White Sox with some notable names involved.

He will join a pitching rotation that will include Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dylan Cease. They hope Michael Kopech can come back from Tommy John surgery and make an impact on the Major League roster sooner than later. They also saw Carlos Rodon get Tommy John’s surgery but he won’t likely be ready in time for opening day as the surgery didn’t happen until midseason in 2019 for him. That is why Gonzalez is going to be a good depth starter for them. They definitely need a steady veteran to get some good innings in for them.

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He is also 34-years-old and has been around the block during his MLB career. He should be able to come in and help mentor some of these young kids. He has been a very good pitcher in his career so hopefully, he can rub some of that off on these young guys. He is a two-time all-star pitcher. He also had two seasons where he came in the top six for the Cy Young trophy. If he can come in and bring some of that to the White Sox, he will be a great fifth starter.