The Chicago White Sox starting five is set with Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon, Mat Latos and John Danks, but it’s a long season and it’s always a good idea to have some backup and that’s exactly what the South Siders got this week in signing former Baltimore Orioles right hander Miguel Gonzalez to a Minor League deal.
Gonzalez spent four years with the Orioles, compiling a 39-33 record in 95 starts with a 3.82 ERA and a 2.19/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 31-year-old had the worst season of his career in 2015, going 9-12 with a 4.91 ERA in 26 starts, but White Sox general manager Rick Hahn feels that he’s a nice option to have “should something not go according to plan”.
“We’ll get to know him a little bit and see if there are certain things we can do to get him back on track. Obviously, it’s a guy with a pretty solid record of success between ’12 and ’14, ’15 went a little bit sideways, and this spring was not his norm. We’ll find out together what we’ve got and put him in the mix to potentially help us down the road.
“He’s not a strikeout guy. He’s more of a four-pitch mix. He’s got different ways of getting guys out. He pitches well off the corners, and he’s a little bit of a different look for us.”
Gonzalez will join Jacob Turner and Erik Johnson at Triple-A Charlotte as rotation depth.