Every contending team needs a closer. You need that guy to come in and lock down a lead in the 9th inning and secure a win. Alex Colome has been that guy for his whole career so far, including playing on some mediocre/below average White Sox teams. He has been great for them and they would like to have him back. He is a free agent now after a strong 2020 campaign. Surely, there will be a lot of teams interested in adding him for a run of their own.
Colome is going to get a pretty nice contract. Out of all the free agents the White Sox have right now, he might be the most important to bring back. The White Sox are about to take a really big step towards being a championship contender in 2021. Having a known closer there to carry the load of saving baseball games is extremely important and Colome can do that.
If the White Sox lost Colome, they wouldn’t be happy but there are other options to be the full-time closer. They could make a trade or add one in free agency which would be nice but they also have Aaron Bummer. It is a deeper bullpen if Aaron Bummer is a setup man but he might be able to close games for them as well if needed. We want them to be as deep of a team as possible and having Colome back would ensure that.