It turns out the veteran reinforcements for the White Sox rotation come in the form of a familiar face. The White Sox announced today that Miguel Gonzalez has agreed to come back to the South Side on a one-year, $4.75 million deal.
Gonzalez, now 33 years old, has a 4.02 ERA in 50 starts with the White Sox, who signed him as a free agent after he was surprisingly designated for assignment by the Orioles before the 2016 season. The Sox dealt him to the Texas Rangers on August 31 for minor leaguer Ti’Quan Forbes. Ken Rosenthal broke the deal before it was officially announced.
The Opening Day rotation now looks to be:
- James Shields
- Miguel Gonzalez
- Lucas Giolito
- Reynaldo Lopez
- Carson Fulmer
I presume Shields (DFA) and Fulmer (bullpen/Charlotte) are most in danger of losing their spots when Carlos Rodon returns or Michael Kopech knocks down the door, but a DL trip or two could change that picture pretty quickly.
With the 40-man roster already full, the White Sox have DFA’d Jacob May to make room for Gonzalez.