Today at White Sox Summer Camp, Gio Gonzalez told reporter Scott Merkin that he finally wants to throw at least one pitch in a White Sox game.
For context, the White Sox drafted Gonzalez in the first round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Along with Aaron Rowand, Gonzalez went to the Phillies in exchange for Jim Thome before the 2006 season. After that season, the Phillies traded him back to the White Sox along with Gavin Floyd in exchange for Freddy Garcia. However, before the 2008 season, Gonzalez was traded again -- this time to the Oakland A's for Nick Swisher. Finally, before the 2020 season, Gonzalez signed with the White Sox on a one-year, $4.5 million deal, which includes a team option of $7 million for the Sox in 2021.
However, before the 2020 season, Gonzalez encountered some shoulder soreness that held him out for the foreseeable future. Additionally, due to the delay of the 2020 MLB season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gonzalez has yet to throw a pitch for the White Sox. Well, with yesterday's announcement of the 2020 schedule, a confirmed healthy Gonzalez, and the beginning of Summer Camp, it looks like he just might get his wish.
The White Sox open the season in Chicago against the Minnesota Twins and there's a chance that Gonzalez could pitch the finale of that series due to the absence of Michael Kopech. However, if the rotation works as it is supposed to, Gonzalez will likely throw in Cleveland the following series.
It has been a whirlwind of a career for the veteran lefty, but with 30.3 bWAR and 1901.1 career innings spent with the A's, Nationals, and Brewers, Gio Gonzalez will finally pitch for the team who drafted him as a young ballplayer in 2004. Gonzalez still features the great ability to limit hard-hit balls and he can spin a solid curveball. As fans, it will be great to see Gonzalez in a Sox uniform even if we cannot physically be in attendance for the 2020 season. Gonzalez hopes to remain a fixture in the 2020 White Sox rotation hopefully through a playoff run.