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The White Sox have signed veteran starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to a one-year, $4.75 million dollar deal. Sox fans are already familiar with Gonzalez as he has had 2 previous stints in a White Sox uniform where he has posted a 4.02 ERA in 268 and 2/3 innings. In his six year career, he has thrown 871.1 innings with a 3.95 ERA.

This is a fantastic deal for the Sox for a number of reasons. With the very young rotation in place, having veteran guys who can eat up innings is essential because the young, unexperienced pitchers won’t always go deep into games. Having an experienced pitcher like Miguel in the rotation takes stress off the bullpen when he has the ability to go deep into ballgames. He is also a good clubhouse guy and he works well with Don Cooper. He understands his role in the rebuild and hopefully he can stick around for a bit longer than just one year. There is virtually no risk in this deal with it only being for one year. In a corresponding move, the Sox designated Jacob May for assignment, opening up a spot on the 40-man roster for Miguel Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is the most recent deal in a number of moves the Sox have made in the past week or so. In a trade with the San Diego Padres, the Sox acquired minor league short stop Jose Rondon for cash considerations. Last year he hit .293 with 7 home runs and 49 RBIs in the minors. He’s been in the majors before for 8 games in 2016 where he had 3 hits in 26 plate appearances.

The Sox were also a part of a three team deal in an attempt to bolster the bullpen that was left damaged after a number of injuries and trading basically the entire pen away last season for prospect hauls. In the three team deal with the Dodgers and Royals, the Sox got veterans Luis Avilan and Joakim Soria. Avilan, the lefty specialist, has a career 2.97 ERA in 263.1 innings. Soria, coming from the division rival Royals, has a 2.86 ERA, 573.2 IP, and 204 saves in his 10 year career. They will join the bullpen being the veteran presence who can eat up some innings and hopefully close out some ballgames.

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