Baltimore Orioles: 3 Starting Pitching Options to Revive Rotation for 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Miguel Gonzalez
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Miguel Gonzalez /
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Miguel Gonzalez
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4. Miguel Gonzalez, RHP

After a failed attempt to reunite with starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez via trade in late Aug., the Baltimore Orioles will get another chance to reel in the right-handed pitcher.

Gonzalez, 33, spent four productive seasons with the Orioles before the team decided to part ways with Gonzalez during the 2016 offseason. Consistency is one word to describe Gonzalez’s tenure with the Orioles when looking back on his stats. In his first three seasons in Baltimore, Gonzalez posted season ERA’s no higher than 3.78 which he recorded in 2013.

However, Gonzalez struggled in 2015 after he posted a career-worst 4.91 ERA which ultimately was the deal breaker in the Orioles decision to let him walk. Gonzalez

Gonzalez rebounded in 2016 with the Chicago White Sox and earned himself a late-season acquisition with the Texas Rangers in hopes to solidify the Rangers’ postseason push. Unfortunately, the veteran right-handed pitcher only mustered one victory with the Rangers in five starts with a 6.45 ERA.

The former Orioles pitcher has an array of pitches he uses often including his four-seam fastball that on average hit 92 mph throughout the 2017 season. Furthermore, Gonzalez pitch arsenal incorporates an effective slider and curve pitch that keeps him relevant in the unimpressive 2017-18 free agent pitching class.