Old Friend Alert: the White Sox have signed their erstwhile starter, Miguel Gonzalez, to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.
Gonzalez posted a decent 4.02 ERA in 268.2 innings in 46 games (45 starts) with the White Sox between parts of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The Chisox dealt him to the Rangers at the end of August last season after which he put up five not-so-good starts in Texas. Over the course of his career he’s basically an average starter who will eat 150 innings or so for you even if he’s not overpowering anyone.
His job now: eat them innings and buy some time as the Sox’ younger starters emerge. And, hey, if he eats them super effectively, get flipped again at the trade deadline.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.
Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.
Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?