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.
The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.
Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.
The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.