The Texas Rangers have acquired pitcher Miguel Gonzalez from the Chicago White Sox for minor league infielder Ti'Quan Forbes, the team has announced. To make room on the 40 man roster for Gonzalez, the Rangers have designated Anthony Bass for assignment.
Gonzalez was signed to a one year, $5.9M deal by the White Sox before the season, and can be a free agent at the end of the year. With a 4.30 ERA and a 4.66 FIP in 21 starts, Gonzalez is a decent if unspectacular starting pitcher this season. The Rangers currently have Nick Martinez and A.J. Griffin in the starting rotation, however, so if they are going to make a push for a Wild Card berth, they kind of need a starting pitcher who can keep them in games.
This is ultimately a result of the failure of the Tyson Ross signing. Ross was supposed to be filling the role that Gonzalez will be asked to assume, but flamed out to the point he was moved to the pen in favor of Martinez.
Forbes, 21, was the Rangers second round pick in the 2014 draft. He was selected as a toolsy shortstop, but has spent most of his time as a professional at third base. He has a 625 OPS this year between low-A and high-A, and a career 632 OPS. He simply hasn't hit, and thus is a fringe prospect at best right now.
You are forgiven if you don't remember Anthony Bass was on the 40 man roster. I'd kind of forgotten as well.
UPDATE — Correcting an error earlier, Gonzalez was signed as a free agent before the 2016 season. He was arbitration-eligible for 2017, when he got a one year, $5.9M deal.