The recent trade with the Yankees left the White Sox without a closer. Rick Renteria will look to Tyler Clippard in the 9th inning.
The Chicago White Sox wasted little time filling their void at closer. With David Robertson off to New York, a big question was who would take his spot. Well, Rick Renteria didn’t have to look very far. The White Sox skipper told the Colleen Kane Tyler Clippard will be the team’s new closer. And he will be used in other high-pressure situations.
The White Sox acquired Clippard in their trade with the Yankees this past Wednesday. Now, he will take on one of the most important roles in the bullpen. He does have experience as a closer. In 2012 he saved 32 games for the Washington Nationals and 19 in 2015 between the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets. This season he is 1-5 with a 4.95 ERA.
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The White Sox really don’t have many in-house options. With the injuries of Nate Jones and Zack Burdi, there is really no one to look to at closer. Clippard has enough experience to get by for the rest of the season. But I’d be surprised to see him there next year. Unless he comes out and really turns heads.
This would have been an ideal spot for Burdi. But unfortunately he is possibly looking at having Tommy John surgery. Which could sideline him for next season, as well.
This trade left the White Sox with a lot of holes for the rest of this season. But right now their focus is on building for the future. That also means they won’t be very good for a few seasons. But that could mean higher draft picks. And it means we may not see Clippard pitching in the 9th inning very often.