Miguel Gonzalez began 2017 as a member of the rotation for the White Sox, and he finished with the Rangers, closing the season with a 6.45 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over his five starts with Texas. Opposing hitters teed off on Gonzalez's four-seam fastball, hitting .275 with a .507 slugging percentage against that pitch. Most of his success came from working with his two-seamer, curveball, and changeup, but none of those offerings will lead him to become a whiff-inducing dominant starter. Gonzalez returned to the White Sox on a one-year deal this winter, but will not be guaranteed a rotation spot all season. Keep in mind, even at his best as an innings-eating starter, Gonzalez gets by with a low strikeout rate, and he's never topped 28 starts in a season, so his value to fantasy owners will be limited regardless of his role in 2018.
Gonzalez signed a one-year, $4.75 million deal with the White Sox on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Gonzalez played for Chicago in 2016 and most of last year before being dealt to the Rangers in late August. The right-hander was a serviceable starter for most of 2017, sporting a 4.62 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 156 innings, but of those innings struggled tremendously during his five outings with Texas. Gonzalez only managed to record 100 strikeouts over his 27 starts, which is fairly indicative of how the 33-year-old operates, with most of his success stemming from off-speed pitches. Looking ahead, he will likely have a chance to be a back-end-of-the-rotation starter for Chicago this coming season.
Gonzalez (8-13) took the loss Thursday, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings against the A's. After a rough start to his Rangers career, Gonzalez ended his season with a 2.65 ERA over his final three starts. At 33 years old, Gonzalez is unlikely to find a new level to his game next season, but he should find a team in free agency that will afford him the opportunity to continue eating innings at the back of the rotation for at least another year.
Gonzalez (8-12) took the loss Saturday against the Athletics, despite giving up only one run on four hits in six innings and striking out five. The right-hander has allowed only two runs in his last two starts for Texas. His 4.62 ERA, however, should reflect that perhaps he's getting a bit fortunate. Of course, Gonzalez will face these same Athletics at home next week, which still makes him a decent streamer -- despite the repeat matchup -- because the A's rank among the league leaders in strikeouts.
Gonzalez (8-11) earned the victory Sunday, allowing one earned run on two hits across five innings against the Angels. He struck out two and walked five. The five free passes and lack of strikeouts are an eyesore, but Gonzalez was able to provide owners a win regardless. It was his first victory since Aug. 20 -- and first as a Ranger -- and he'll now set his sights on the Athletics for his next scheduled start Saturday.
Gonzalez (7-11) allowed seven runs on seven hits with one strikeout over 2.1 innings in Tuesday's 10-3 loss to the Mariners. Gonzalez has now allowed 11 runs over just 5.1 innings of work in his two starts since being acquired by the Rangers at the August deadline. He allowed two homers in his last start and served up another pair of long balls Tuesday, including a three-run shot to Kyle Seager in the first inning. The struggling righty will carry a 4.86 ERA into his upcoming scheduled start against the Angels on Sunday.