The busy offseason continued for the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon, as they added veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez on a one-year contract. The deal was first reported by Robert Murray and later confirmed by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
The White Sox originally drafted Gonzalez back in 2004. He was later traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jim Thome, then traded back to Chicago for Freddy Garcia in 2006. Gonzalez was once again traded in 2008, this time to the Oakland Athletics for Nick Swisher. Luckily for Gonzalez, however, it was in Oakland where he began to establish himself as a valuable big-league starter. He made his first All-Star team in 2011, going an impressive 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA.
Gonzalez was traded once more the following offseason, this time to the Washington Nationals. His 2012 campaign with the Nationals was the best season of his big-league career. Gonzalez finished with a 21-8 record and a 2.89 ERA across 32 starts. He finished third in National League Cy Young Award voting that year.
His numbers have dipped but only ever so slightly over the last few years, but his durability certainly has not. From 2010-2018 he never made fewer than 27…