Since the White Sox have bullpen issues, the front office made a trade with the New York Yankees.
Remember, it was a massive trade with the Yankees in 2017 that set the White Sox rebuild into full gear.
Interestingly, much of the 2017 trade with the Yankees was for White Sox pitchers. Robertson is one of the top relief pitchers in the Yankees bullpen. Kahnle is currently in the bullpen on the Yankees Triple-A team.
Apparently, Rick Hahn likes to make deals with Brian Cashman. This time, the trade was a player for international bonus pool money. The deal was reported on MLB Trade Rumors on Sunday. This deal was for Caleb Frare, a left-handed relief pitcher. This 6’1, 210-pound pitcher netted the Yankees $1.5 million in bonus pool money they can use to sign players from foreign countries.
Frare is 25 years old and was drafted by the Yankees in 2012 right out of high school in Montana. He has worked his way through the Yankees farm system where he has spent the majority of his time as a closer.
Frare will start his time with the White Sox in on the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. He played on the Triple-A and Double-A Yankees teams. He had better numbers in Double-A, but didn’t have much time to showcase his skills at the higher level. In Double-A, he recorded a 0.62 ERA and a 0.916 WHIP in 43.2 innings. He finished 20 games and recorded five saves.
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With the addition of Frare, the White Sox are building quite a bullpen in the minor leagues. Even though Frare was not considered one of the Yankees top prospects, the scouting report on him is good. According to the report from Jay Bell in the trenches of Triple-A Trenton:
"“There’s a different demeanor about him this year. He’s much more confident. He’s attacking the zone a little bit more than he did last year. I think he knows who he is. He’s starting to figure it out.”"
While being a prospect in the Yankee camp is exciting, it can be difficult to make it up to the Bronx. Frare will have a better chance of playing in the Bigs in Chicago, especially if he can continue doing what he was doing in Trenton. He consistently reaches speeds up to 93 and 94 MPH and he has held opposing batters to .184.
Welcome to the White Sox, Caleb Frare! We hope to see good things from you in the near future.