Chicago White Sox: Jace Fry’s place in 2021 bullpen

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 07: Jace Fry #57 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the seventh inning during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 07, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 07: Jace Fry #57 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the seventh inning during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 07, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox will need big things from Jace Fry in 2021.

Last week, the Chicago White Sox and Jace Fry had an agreement on a contract for 2021. He got a one-year deal worth $820,500 so he is clearly going to be a part of the bullpen next season. He has gotten better as the years have gone on. In 2017, he made his MLB debut and has kept getting better through the years. In 2020, he had a pretty good year in 19 appearances over the 60 games. Now, after his new one year deal, he should be considered a big piece to the bullpen.

Hopefully, for his sake, 2021 is a year where he can take the next step and earn himself a long-term deal with the White Sox. The White Sox bullpen should be pretty good with guys like Aaron Bummer and Evan Marshall leading the way. We don’t know if Alex Colome will be back as the closer but if he is they will be even better.

Aaron Bummer will either be the closer or the setup man, depending on Colome’s status. He is the best pitcher in the bullpen and Marshall is probably right there behind him. Outside of that, the White Sox are going to need the other guys to step up and make an impact.

Fry will be relied on to have a whole bunch of innings next year. He will be inserted in games that they have a lead and in games that they trail. The Sox will probably be pretty good in 2021 so the bullpen is going to need to show up big.

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One of the things that led to their demise in 2020 was the bullpen management. They fired Rick Renteria and one of the main reasons was the way he handled the bullpen. They hired Tony La Russa who isn’t that much of an upgrade as a whole but he should have a better feel for pitching management. Fry might really benefit from being put into a position to succeed which he should be in next season. If Fry is as good or better in 2021, this team will be very well off with it’s pitching.

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