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White Sox Bring Back Starter Miguel Gonzalez With One-Year Deal

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The Chicago White Sox have welcomed back right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez on a one-year deal worth $4.75 million, the team announced on Thursday.

“It’s good to be back. The coaching staff, they treated me well. And obviously the players, we had a really good connection,” said Gonzalez during a conference call.

Gonzalez, 33, pitched for the White Sox the previous two seasons, going 12-18 with a 4.02 ERA in 46 games (45 starts). This past year, he was traded to the Texas Rangers on August 31 just prior to the league’s waiver trade deadline, after going 7-10 in 22 starts for Chicago.

“You saw Gonzo pitch very well for us,” said White Sox manager Rick Renteria. “One of the hardest workers, most prepared professionals that I’ve seen in a while. We’re glad to have him. It puts us in a better position to move forward, especially with all the young guys we have.”

In six Major League seasons since 2012, Gonzalez is 52-54 with a 3.95 ERA in 152 games (145 starts). His best years were in 2013-14 for the Baltimore Orioles, as he went 21-17 with a 3.51 ERA in 57 games (54 starts).

“I know we’re rebuilding, but I’m excited for this season. Who knows? We can surprise some people,” added Gonzalez.

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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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