White Sox: Aaron Bummer’s best moment came before season

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The Chicago White Sox have such a gem in Aaron Bummer. He is going to be so good for a long time.

The Chicago White Sox have an A+ reliever in Aaron Bummer. This guy might be the best player on the relief staff. If Alex Colome leaves in free agency, there is a good chance he becomes the team’s new closer. Even if Colome comes back, he will be the setup man on most occasions which is just as important. No matter what, he is one of the most important players to the organization right now.

Unfortunately, due to injury, the 2020 one was a short one for him. It was short for everyone because of COVID-19 but it was even shorter for him. He suffered a bicep injury that landed him on the 45-day injured list causing him to only appear in 9.1 innings over 9 games. He was elite in those 9.1 innings but it was a small sample size. His 2019 season was also very elite and it was anything but a small sample size.

Because of this awesome 2019 season that Bummer had, his signature moment came in 2020. It didn’t come on the field because he was barely on the field but it is still very significant. Back in February, it was announced that Aaron Bummer and the White Sox agreed on a five-year deal worth 16 million dollars. It has two club options that would pay him 7.25 million in 2025 and 7.5 million in 2026 if picked up.

Those two-year options are both north of seven million but none of the other years are worth anything close to that. He is a bargain for the level of production that he brings to the team. He is worth every penny on that contract right now and should be for the duration of it. You need relievers like Bummer on your roster if you are serious about winning the World Series.

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The hope is that Bummer is healthy in 2021 so his signature moment can actually come on the field. This is a decent signature moment, however, because it is an important one for the organization in the long term. When it was signed, it was hard to not think about the possibility of Bummer coming in with a one-run lead in the World Series. We have a long way before we get there but he would be a great option in that situation. It is exciting to have him on our side.