Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

Rockies News arrow-downArrow Down icon Arrow Up icon

González inks Minors deal with Rockies

@harding_at_mlb
December 11, 2020

DENVER -- The Rockies retained right-handed pitcher Chi Chi González on a Minor League contract with an invitation to 2021 Spring Training, MLB.com has learned. The club has not announced the signing. González, 28, was non-tendered last week, after going 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA, 10 walks and 16 strikeouts

DENVER -- The Rockies retained right-handed pitcher Chi Chi González on a Minor League contract with an invitation to 2021 Spring Training, MLB.com has learned. The club has not announced the signing.

González, 28, was non-tendered last week, after going 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA, 10 walks and 16 strikeouts over 19 2/3 frames in six games (four starts) during a 2020 season that also saw him miss three weeks in August because of right biceps tendinitis. The non-tendering allowed the Rockies to avoid an arbitration-inflated Major League salary for González, who is 2-8 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 games (16 starts) in two seasons with Colorado.

The Rockies originally signed González before the 2019 season. A first-round pick of the Rangers in 2013 out of Oral Roberts University, González went 4-8 with a 4.54 ERA for Texas in '15-16 before an elbow injury kept him out of the Majors for two seasons.

With the Rockies, González split ’19 between the Majors and at Triple-A Albuquerque, going 2-0 with 1.65 ERA in five September starts with Colorado.

González figures to add rotation and bullpen depth, plus his remaining Minor League option gives the Rockies roster flexibility.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.