This bit of MLB breaking news comes as a bit of shock. Many expected the 35-year-old southpaw to contend for a starting spot in Miami’s rotation this season. Instead, the South Florida-native will end his tenure with his hometown team just 20 days after signing.
MLB Breaking News: Gio Gonzalez’s Career
Gio Gonzalez’s professional career didn’t start as expected. He was selected 38th overall out of Monsignor Edward Pace High School by the White Sox in the 2004 Draft. Just 18 months later though, Gonzalez was sent along with Aaron Rowand and Daniel Haigwood to the Phillies for Jim Thome. About a year later, the Phillies shipped Gonzalez back to the South Siders with Gavin Floyd for Freddy Garcia. 13 months later, Gonzalez was traded again, this time to the Oakland A’s as part of a package for Nick Swisher.
Time in the Bigs
Gonzalez finally made the big leagues in 2008, but he struggled to a combined 6.24 ERA through his first two MLB seasons. In 2010 though, Gonzalez began a stretch where he would become one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball. From 2010-2017, Gonzalez went 110-75 with a 3.41 ERA/3.44 FIP (119 ERA+), a 1.267 WHIP, and 1,457 strikeouts in 1,510.1 innings (8.7 K/9).
In 2011, Gonzalez made his first All-Star team but was traded to the Nationals following that season. In 2012, Gonzalez made his second All-Star team and finished third in Cy Young voting. While he was mentioned in connection with the Biogenesis scandal in 2013, Gonzalez was never suspended and was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Gonzalez also received Cy Young votes in 2017, finishing sixth. In 2018, Gonzalez was traded to the Brewers at the end of August. He helped the Brewers make the playoffs in 2018 and 2019, pitching to a 3.20 ERA/3.95 FIP in 112.2 innings during that time. Following the 2019 season, Gonzalez signed with the White Sox, but he was ineffective in the 2020 season.
Overall, Gonzalez pitched for 13 seasons. He finishes his career with a 130-101 record, a 3.70 ERA/3.68 FIP (111 ERA+), a 1.324 WHIP, and 1,860 strikeouts in 1,933 innings pitched (8.7 K/9).
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