Texas Rangers: Should Miguel Gonzalez Return in 2018?

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Miguel Gonzalez (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Miguel Gonzalez (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

The Texas Rangers made multiple moves late in the 2017 to bolster their organization. They added veteran starter Miguel Gonzalez to help the rotation, but should he stay around in 2018?

Finding reliable starting options is going to be the difficult task for the Texas Rangers organization this winter. Keeping pitchers like Andrew Cashner and Miguel Gonzalez might not be a horrible idea.

The Rangers acquired Gonzalez from the White Sox on August 31st of 2017. That being said Gonzalez didn’t get too many opportunities in a Rangers’ uniform. He went 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA in five starts with Texas.

Not the best sample size, but Gonzalez just pitch better as a whole in 2017. He went 8-13 posting a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts between Texas and the White Sox. The 33-year-old is eligible for free agency this off-season and could be on the wish list of many organizations.

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Through parts of six Major League seasons Gonzalez is 52-54 with a 3.95 ERA in 152 games (145 starts) and 11.4 career WAR. He’s not the top of the rotation type pitcher, but can be helpful to a big league rotation.

The Rangers are looking at having to fill three rotation spots this winter. Gonzalez is a serviceable Major League pitcher that can help at the back-end of a staff. He’s had success in hitter’s parks such as Baltimore and on the South Side of Chicago.

Gonzalez did struggle during his short stint in Texas, but that shouldn’t be too concerning. He’s a cheap pitcher the Rangers could get on a one or two year deal. He won’t be headlining any All-Star Games, but could be a contributor in 2018.