Chicago White Sox: Keeping the current bullpen intact
The Chicago White Sox have a pretty good bullpen that has lots of guys that other teams would value, but should they keep them?
The Chicago White Sox are a much-improved baseball team over what they were last year. Ther record of 45-53 isn’t that pretty but it is much better than where they were at this time last season. They have the right guys having good years and appear to be on their way to some sustained success.
One of the most important things to winning consistently in Major League Baseball is a good bullpen. They actually have a pretty good bullpen right now in 2019. Their starting rotation hasn’t been great this year outside of Lucas Giolito, but the bullpen has been really good. If a team like the Boston Red Sox had the White Sox bullpen, they would be right there with the New York Yankees atop the A.L. East.
So, would a team like Boston make a nice offer for someone in the White Sox bullpen? They might. It really might not be worth it for the White Sox to move any of these guys though. It looks like 2020 could be a year that the White Sox are pretty good and at a minimum could be a Wild Card team, and potentially a division winner. That would not happen if their bullpen is bad.
Yeah, a guy like Aaron Bummer or Alex Colome could net some nice return, but the best return might be having these guys along for the ride next season. Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Eloy Jimenez are here to stay, Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal are on their way, and the rotation could look really nice next year with Giolito, Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease, and Carlos Rodon. All of this would go to waste if their bullpen stinks.
That is why they should keep their best arms in the bullpen and have them fresh and ready for 2020. If you look around the league you can see what a good bullpen does for you, and more importantly what a bad bullpen does to you. It would be in the White Sox best interest to stand pat with what they have for next year.