The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez from the Chicago White Sox Thursday night, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports. News of the deal was first reported by Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
In exchange for Gonzalez, the White Sox received infielder Ti’Quan Forbes from the Rangers.
Four games out of the second American League Wild Card spot, the Rangers have added another starter to their pitching rotation. Texas’ starting rotation entered Thursday ranked 14th in baseball in earned run average (4.54), and in Gonzalez it adds a starter who’s produced eight quality starts in his last nine outings.
On the season, Gonzalez is 7-10 with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in 22 starts. Having pitched a total of 133.2 innings, Gonzalez has gone six innings or more in eight of his last nine starts. The lone exception was his loss to Boston on Aug. 3, as he allowed seven runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings pitched. In August, Gonzalez, who was also on the Orioles’ radar according to the Baltimore Sun, is 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA in six starts.
Gonzalez’s ERA ranks third among the Rangers’ starting pitchers, behind Andrew Cashner and Cole Hamels. Gonzalez is in the final year of a contract that pays him $5.9 million in 2017, and he’ll be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
Forbes, selected in the second round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft by the Rangers, is hitting .236 with 11 home runs, 45 RBIs and a .628 OPS in 131 games at the Single-A level this season. Forbes has gone no higher than the Single-A advanced level in his professional career to date.