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White Sox Ink Miguel Gonzalez to a Southside Reunion

The Chicago White Sox have brought a familiar face back to Chicago, signing Miguel Gonzalez to a one-year deal on Thursday morning.

The Chicago White Sox made another addition on Thursday morning after adding infielder Jose Rondon in a trade with the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations on Wednesday.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the White Sox have come to terms with right-handed starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, less than four months after trading him to the Texas Rangers in a deal that brought back minor league infielder Ti’Quan Forbes. The deal is reported to be for one year and worth $4.75 million dollars.

In two years on the Southside during his first stint, Gonzalez posted a 4.02 ERA over 268 2/3 innings. A former Baltimore Oriole, Gonzalez was signed by the White Sox prior to the 2016 season, and spent the better part of two seasons with the White Sox.

Gonzalez struggled after being traded from the Sox last year, giving up 16 runs in only 22.1 innings pitched for the Texas Rangers. Despite that, Gonzalez seems to work well with White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper and there is reason to believe Gonzalez will be penciled in as the White Sox fifth starter entering spring training.

At his best, Gonzalez features an accurate fastball that compliments a sinker, curveball and slider, although his best pitch is his splitter which at times can be very effective and force a lot of ground outs.

Gonzalez will be asked to eat up innings early in the year as the White Sox wait for the return of Carlos Rodon from shoulder surgery, and continue waiting on the arrival of Michael Kopech. Should Carson Fulmer have a successful spring training and earn a spot in the starting rotation, Gonzalez could also be used in a middle relief role.

The White Sox are expected to announce a corresponding move regarding who will be designated for assignment from the current 40-man roster to make room for Miguel Gonzalez.


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