The Marlins have agreed to a minor league contract with free-agent righty Chi Chi Gonzalez, tweets Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Presumably, the Paragon Sports client will vie for a roster spot in Spring Training.
Gonzalez, 30, was a first-round pick by the Rangers back in 2013 and has spent parts of seven seasons in the Majors. He has had some success in the minors but has rarely been able to be effective in the majors. For his career, he has a 5.66 ERA in 284 2/3 big league innings.
It was a similar story in 2022, with Gonzalez spending time with the Brewers, Twins and Yankees throughout the season. He tossed 23 innings in seven games between those three clubs, but with a 5.87 ERA, 15.2% strikeout rate and 7.1% walk rate. In 80 1/3 minor league innings, it was a 4.03 ERA, striking out 20.8% of batters faced while walking 7.9%.
For the Marlins, pitching is their strong suit but they’ve long been rumored to be considering a trade from their rotation surplus to upgrade their offense. They’ve yet to pull the trigger on a significant pitching deal, but Gonzalez gives them a veteran depth option if they do. As of right now, their rotation consists of Sandy Alcantara, Pablo López, Jesús Luzardo, Edward Cabrera, Trevor Rogers and Braxton Garrett, with prospect Eury Pérez on the way from the minors.