White Sox sign veteran relief pitcher to a two-year contract. The relief pitcher was a thorn in the side of the Sox for many years while in Kansas City.
The Chicago White Sox have reportedly agreed to a deal with relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera. The deal is for two years at $18 million with a vesting or club option of $9 million for the 2021 season according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Herrera was a thorn in the side of the Sox during his playing time with the Kansas City Royals. The 29-year-old right-handed pitcher was a member of the Royals over eight seasons until he was traded to the Washington Nationals last June.
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In 2018, Herrera posted a 1.05 ERA with a 0.818 WHIP through 25.2 innings pitched with Kansas City. He would pitch just 18.2 innings with the Nationals and posted a 4.34 ERA. Herrera didn’t get to help Washington’s postseason hopes last season as he suffered a season-ending injury.
He suffered a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot after fielding a ground ball in a game on Aug. 26. Although Herrera didn’t have a complete season, he was still valuable for the Sox to sign this offseason.
Sox fans should be happy Herrera won’t be pitching against their favorite team for a few years. In 59.2 total innings pitched against the Sox, Herrera owns a 2.56 ERA with 52 strikeouts and a 1.190 WHIP.
Herrera has been a solid relief pitcher throughout his career. He posted a 2.82 ERA with a 1.154 WHIP in eight seasons with the Royals. Herrera was an integral part of those championship teams in Kansas City. With the Sox front office continuing to improve the team this offseason, Herrera’s addition will greatly help the bullpen.