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Rockies sign Chi Chi González to a minor league contract

González is a familiar pitcher who bring versatility

Thomas Harding is reporting that Chi Chi González has signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. The agreement includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Along with David Dahl and Tony Wolters, the Rockies non-tendered González last week. In 2020, he earned a 6.86 ERA. Over 19 23 innings, he allowed 10 walks and threw 16 strikeouts, for a 0.1 rWAR. 2020 was not his best year, and things came to a head during a disastrous September 8 start against the Padres.

As Justin Wick recalls:

He opened by walking Trent Grisham, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado in consecutive plate appearances—all on 3-2 counts. After a 2-2 strikeout to Mitch Moreland, González hit Austin Nola in the back, which brought in the Padres’ first run of the night. Bud Black emerged from the dugout and replaced González with Jose Mujica, who then became the first player in MLB history to allow a grand slam to their first career hitter.

González was responsible for three of those runs. He didn’t pitch again for 11 days.

But that’s pretty grim, so here he is striking out Fernando Tatís Jr.:

The Rockies continue to make modest moves in an effort to economically rebuild their bullpen, so the signing makes sense. Gonźalez is not a flashy pitcher, but he is familiar and versatile, moving between the starting rotation and the bullpen. In addition, he has one remaining minor league option.

In two seasons with the Rockies, González has a 5.66 ERA in 20 games.

The Rockies have not yet announced the signing.