White Sox: Nate Jones Needs to Have Strong 2018 Season

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 12: Nate Jones
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 12: Nate Jones /

Nate Jones needs to have a strong season for the White Sox. He could be a key piece of their bullpen after missing most of 2017.

The Chicago White Sox are really thin in the bullpen. One guy that could help fill a hole is Nate Jones. Jones missed most of the 2017 season undergoing nerve repositioning surgery. The right-hander will make a modest $3.95 million in 2018 and is under team control through 2021.

Injuries have slowed Jones down but he has been a solid contributor. That could be a concern for the team. The Sox really need bullpen arms and if healthy, Jones could play a key role in 2018 and beyond. At 32, there’s no reason to think he can’t have some good years ahead of him.

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It’s hard to really pinpoint a role for him right now. They need a closer and Jones has saved three games in his career. However, he’s served more in a setup role throughout his career. A lot will depend on how he’s recovering from surgery. If he can come into the spring 100 percent, then it’ll allow Rick Renteria to have full use of him. If he suffers any sort of setback, the White Sox may need to take it slow, as to not rush him back and risk another injury.

A healthy Jones is a plus for this team. He’s been a reliable arm for them when he’s been healthy and there’s no reason to think he can’t continue that trend. He’s a solid relief pitcher and would give the bullpen some experience.

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The White Sox have been quiet during the offseason. Exactly what their plans are for the bullpen are unclear. One thing is clear, Jones could have a big role. As long as he stays healthy.