White Sox to sign Miguel Gonzalez

White Sox to sign Miguel Gonzalez

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the White Sox have signed right-hander Miguel Gonzalez to a one-year contract.

The White Sox have filled their need for a veteran starting pitcher. The 33-year-old began the year with Chicago but was traded to the Rangers in August. He posted a 6.45 ERA in five starts for the Rangers after pitching to a 4.31 ERA in 22 starts with the Sox last season. And, hey, if he eats them super effectively, get flipped again at the trade deadline. After spending four seasons in the Red Sox's minor league system, Gonzalez was released in December 2011 and proceeded to sign with the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent in March 2012.

The White Sox have brought back a familiar face to add depth to their rotation as needed.

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To make room on the 40-man roster, the Sox designated outfielder Jacob May for assignment.

A popular and steady presence in the Sox clubhouse, Gonzalez gives the Sox a veteran in a rotation that includes young starters Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Carlos Rodon and perhaps Carson Fulmer as well as veteran James Shields.

With the deal spanning only one year and just $4.5 million, the move is a nice low risk-high reward bargain for the White Sox, who will look to surprise in the second year of the rebuild phase.