White Sox agree to 1-year deal with LHP Gonzalez

Field Level Media

December 20, 2019 at 10:54 pm.

The Chicago White Sox made a rotation addition Friday agreeing to a one-year, $5 million deal to reunite with left-hander Gio Gonzalez, The Athletic reported.

The deal reportedly includes a $7 million option for 2021, a $4.5 million base salary for 2020 and a $500,000 buyout. There are also $250,000 incentives for number of starts, up to $1 million.

Gonzalez, 34, was originally a first-round draft pick (38th overall) by the White Sox in 2004. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005 in a deal that included first baseman Jim Thome, and then traded back to the White Sox in 2006 for a deal that included right-hander Freddy Garcia.

In 2008, the White Sox moved Gonzalez again, this time in a package deal to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Nick Swisher.

In 12 seasons, Gonzalez compiled a 130-99 record and a 3.68 ERA in 332 appearances (324 starts) for the A’s, Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers. He was 3-2 with the Brewers in 2019 with a 3.50 ERA in 19 appearances (17 starts).

The two-time All-Star finished third in the National League Cy Young Award voting in 2012 when he went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA for the Nationals.