Chicago White Sox: Three biggest weaknesses

Joshua Finkelstein
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 25: Aaron Bummer #39 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 25, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 25: Aaron Bummer #39 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 25, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /

2. Bullpen Depth

This is the issue the White Sox will possibly regret not doing more to avoid.

Steve Cishek was the White Sox’s only addition made to counter this problem on a major league deal this offseason.

Outside of him, the team will still have Alex Colome in the closer role with Evan Marshall and Aaron Bummer serving as set-up men.

Marshall and Bummer don’t have extensive track records of success, though, which complicates matters if one or both of them can’t live up to the team’s expectations of them going forward.

Kelvin Herrera will definitely be in the team’s bullpen in 2020 and his ability to rebound could make-or-break it.

Outside of those five arms, they are hoping to see some combination of Jace Fry, Jimmy Cordero, Ian Hamilton, Carson Fulmer, and Adalberto Mejia comprise the last two or three bullpen spots.

The good news about one of the three biggest weaknesses of this team being bullpen depth is that most teams would consider this one of their’s as well.

Almost all contenders look to the trade market come July to acquire an arm or two to bolster it and if they don’t look for top-tier arms, the White Sox could probably find a solid reliever for cheap before the MLB trade deadline.

Collin McHugh is still available right now, though, and the White Sox should be making a strong effort to sign him.

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