White Sox have added some solid relief pitchers this offseason but will need to add at least one more reliever going into the start of spring training.
The White Sox were able to add some solid relief pitchers via trade and free agent signing this offseason. Both Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera figure to make the Sox bullpen much stronger in 2019 than it was in 2018.
However, the Sox could use another relief pitcher this upcoming season and there’s still time for the front office to sign another reliever. Currently, there are many relief pitchers among other players that are still available to sign.
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Relievers such as Craig Kimbrel, Adam Warren, Tyler Clippard, Sergio Romo, and Jerry Blevins would be good additions to the Sox bullpen. Kimbrel might cost too much for the Sox to sign as he is reportedly looking for a deal for longer than five years. Warren, who pitched for the Cubs in 2016 before being traded back to the New York Yankees could be a nice reliever for the Sox.
The 31-year-old had a combined 3.14 ERA with the Yankees and Seattle Mariners last season through 51.2 innings pitched. Warren would work as a seventh-inning specialist for the Sox if signed and could make their bullpen a lot stronger in the late innings of games in 2019.
According to Jon Heyman, the Sox among other teams are still looking for bullpen help. If the Sox are unable to sign Warren this offseason, they could also go after Clippard who was with the team briefly in 2017 before being traded to the Houston Astros. Clippard posted a 3.67 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 68.2 innings pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays last season.
This offseason has seen the Sox front office make great additions to the team. If the Sox are going to have any chance at being competitive in 2019, they will need a strong bullpen. Adding another relief pitcher is very important for the Sox. With pitchers and catchers reporting soon, the Sox will need to add another reliever sooner than later.