Three needs White Sox still have to address

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2. The Bullpen

This need isn’t one of the more glaring ones for the White Sox entering the 2020 season as they actually finished 14th in all of baseball in bullpen ERA at 4.31 (ESPN).

So, while the statistics would suggest they are roughly average in that category, the team needs some depth in this area to ensure 2020 success.

The only arms that have proven to be possible long-term solutions in this regard are Alex Colome, Aaron Bummer, and Evan Marshall.

The last two names really only broke out this past season as Bummer had a 4.26 ERA in 2018 and Marshall had a 7.71 ERA that season.

Both could prove to be long-term impact options, but the White Sox can’t bank on that being the case and need to be on the lookout for relievers this offseason.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, Craig Stammen is one reliever the club has spoken with about joining the organization in 2020.

Stammen, 35, has a 3.06 ERA, 1.131 WHIP, and 3.57 FIP with 8.8 K/9 as compared to 2.2 BB/9 over his last three years with the San Diego Padres.

While Stammen would be a solid addition to the team’s bullpen, he shouldn’t be the only one as the team should pursue at least two on major league deals and then look to sign smart minors deals with relievers who get under-valued in the free agent market.

There’s always a bullpen arm that falls victim to free agency due to the volatility of relievers in general.

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