August 5, 2021

White Sox, Gio Gonzalez agree to one-year deal (ESPN)

Veteran free-agent left-hander Gio Gonzalez has agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, the team announced Friday.

The White Sox will pay Gonzalez $4.5 million in 2020 and hold a $7 million option for the 2021 season, with a $500,000 buyout. He can make an additional $500,000 with incentives over the two years, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The 34-year-old left-hander finally will get a chance to pitch for the team that took him with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft. Chicago dealt Gonzalez to Philadelphia following the 2005 season as part of the trade that sent Aaron Rowand to the Phillies for Jim Thome, then reacquired Gonzalez a year later along with Gavin Floyd for Freddy Garcia.

The White Sox traded Gonzalez to the Athletics for Nick Swisher in January 2008.

Gonzalez debuted with the Athletics in 2008 and is 130-99 with a 3.68 ERA over 12 years with Oakland (2008-11), Washington (2012-18) and Milwaukee (2018-19). He was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, when he won a career-high 21 games and had a 2.89 ERA.

“We view Gio as an important addition to our pitching staff,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He brings an…

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