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Miguel González re-signs with White Sox, did not receive offer from Orioles

With just over a month until pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Fla., for spring training — and the Orioles still needing to fill three spots in their starting rotation — a former Oriole the team expressed some interest in landed elsewhere Thursday.

Right-hander Miguel González — an integral part of the Orioles rotation from 2012 to 2015 — agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.75 million deal to return to the Chicago White Sox, according to an industry source.

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The Orioles expressed some interest in a reunion with González earlier in the offseason, requesting his medicals, but they never made a formal offer, according to a source.

With only right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman written into the team’s Opening Day starting rotation, the Orioles have yet to fill out the rest of their starting five as more than 30 pitchers will report to big league camp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Feb. 13.

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In a frigid free-agent market, González would’ve come as a relative bargain, and would’ve received a base salary less than the $5.1 million he was set to make through arbitration in 2016 before the Orioles abruptly released him late in spring training.

After signing a minor league deal with the White Sox, González rebounded with a 3.73 ERA in 135 major league innings in 2016. Over the two years since being released by the Orioles, González has made 50 starts and thrown 291 innings.

The Orioles attempted to acquire González from the White Sox at the 2017 nonwaiver trade deadline, but he was dealt to the Texas Rangers instead. He struggled in five starts with Texas, posting a 6.45 ERA. Before then, he owned a 4.31 ERA in 22 starts with the White Sox last season, including a nine-start stretch before the trade in which he posted a 3.11 ERA and recorded eight quality starts.

Despite his late-season struggles with the Rangers, Gonzalez’s 1.4 WAR (according to FanGraphs) last season would’ve ranked third among Orioles starters behind only Bundy (2.7) and Gausman (2.5). No other Orioles starter had a WAR above 1.0 as the team’s 5.70 starters’ ERA ranked last in the majors.

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A popular player among Orioles fans, especially for his success against American League East competition, Gonzalez went 39-33 with a 3.82 ERA in 101 games (95 starts) with the Orioles over a four-year stretch.

The Athletic first reported the signing.

FanFest autograph vouchers go on sale Jan. 17

Vouchers for autograph sessions at Orioles FanFest will go on sale Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted online for preview at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9 p.m. on Jan. 16.

FanFest will be held on Jan. 27 at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with early entry for Orioles season-plan holders beginning at 10 a.m.

At this year’s FanFest, the Orioles will continue an autograph policy designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH and enhance fan engagement with shorter wait times. Children ages 4-14 will have a designated Kids Only player autograph station that is free of charge and will operate continuously throughout the day. All other autograph stations at FanFest will require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers exclusively at www.orioles.com/fanfest for $20 each, with all of the proceeds benefiting children’s charities through OriolesREACH. Since instituting the autograph policy in 2011, FanFest has raised more than $835,000 for the Orioles Charitable Foundation.

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