The Chicago White Sox signed Adalberto Mejia to a minor league deal on Tuesday and he could prove to be a solid bullpen addition if given the chance.
Mejia, 26, pitched for three teams this past season in which he had a 6.61 ERA, 4.97 FIP, and 1.723 WHIP with 8.6 K/9 as compared to 6.0 BB/9.
While those statistics leave much to be desired, Mejia was actually pretty solid once he joined the Los Angeles Angels.
In 20 appearances in Anaheim, the southpaw registered a 3.46 ERA, 1.308 WHIP, 9.0 K/9, and 5.5 BB/9.
That is obviously a pretty small sample size, but it also shows some potential of becoming a solid reliever, with the caveat possibly being that he improves his control.
The 2019 season was his first as a full-time reliever, meaning that he is still trying to adjust to the role which he appeared to start clicking in for the Halos.
By no means should this stop the White Sox from pursuing another reliever in free agency given that Aaron Bummer, Evan Marshall, Alex Colome, and Steve Cishek are the only ones who appear to be reliable options at the moment.
For a player signed to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, though, Mejia could prove to be a really smart signing capable of having a big impact for the South Side.
It’s also worth noting, as I wrote about recently, that every team will have a 26th roster spot in 2020, which gives more value to a pitcher like Mejia.
Many teams are going to want to use that spot on another arm and Mejia could actually make a lot of sense for the team in that capacity as a swingman.
His previous experience starting coupled with his recent success out of the bullpen would make him a good fit as someone who could provide versatility for their pitching staff.
Adalberto Mejia is certainly not going to draw a ton of attention, but the White Sox might have made a very solid signing by bringing him in on a minor league deal for the 2020 season.