Chicago White Sox: Saying goodbye to Nate Jones
The Chicago White Sox traded away one piece on deadline day and it was a player who was good for the White Sox in his early years.
The Chicago White Sox stood pat on trade deadline day for the most part. The names that all were involved in the rumors stayed and are likely in it for the long haul. The only trade the team made was acquiring Ray Castro and Joseph Jarneski from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Nate Jones. Jones has been a member of the White Sox for eight seasons from 2012-2019.
He dealt with a lot of injuries during his time with the White Sox and that kept him from being a long term solution in the bullpen. When he was there he was good though. He has a career ERA of 3.12 in 291.1 innings pitched and he had 318 strikeouts. He also had a good career WHIP of 1.219 and a 6.4 WAR. These are decent numbers for a guy who had trouble staying healthy. He is out for the remainder of the season after having forearm surgery in May and that was his fourth surgery since 2014.
He was the type of reliever that could come into the baseball game and you can expect him to be good while in the game. His biggest problem was actually being available. He only made 65 appearances or more three times in his eight years with the White Sox.
As for the pitching prospects that the White Sox acquired, Jarneski will be assigned to AZL White Sox while Castro is sent off to the DSL Sox. Jarneski is 19 years old and Castro is 22 so they are both very young and are going to look to make their own way. They might be able to turn out to be something someday, but they were acquired for a pitcher that hasn’t contributed much in recent years and is currently on the 60-day IL so it is a low risk/high reward type deal for the Sox.
White Sox fans should be thankful for the leadership and class that Nate Jones showed to this team and organization over eight years. Before the trade, he was the longest-tenured member of the team yet he never was on a team that did much as far as competing for the playoffs so hopefully, he cand find some health and do something with whoever he plays for in 2020. He was a good player, and we thank him for that.