The Chicago White Sox made another big trade with the Chicago Cubs. The White Sox traded Jose Quintana to the Cubs back in 2017 for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, and two other prospects. That one worked out for the team on the south side as well as any trade in the history of the organization. Now, they can only hope that this trade works out just as well. They have traded LHP Bailey Horn to the Cubs in exchange for Ryan Tepera.
Tepera is a really good reliever that was a part of a really good Cubs bullpen. He was perfect as a setup mand for them to get from the starter and reliever to Craig Kimbrel. Now, he will be going from a White Sox starter and reliever to Liam Hendriks. It is going to be a lot of fun seeing him try and make that switch over the American League. Joining a pennant race has to be a lot of fun as well.
Tepera has a 1.0 WAR which is decent for a setup man that has 43.1 innings on a bad team. He has an ERA of 2.91 and a WHIP of 0.785. His 50 strikeouts are awesome and he has only issued 12 walks. This is a perfect addition to a team that desperately needed another reliever. It wouldn’t even be a bad idea to make one more deal for a reliever as well.
He will fit in nicely with what they currently have. Michael Kopech and Liam Hendriks are both elite relievers in the game right now. He will slot in perfectly with guys like that. If there was a game that went from the starter to Kopech, to Tepera, and then to Hendriks, you would think that the White sox win that game. It is good to know that there are some options for this team.
The Chicago White Sox are getting some really good bullpen help in Tepera.
If he lives up to his expectations, they should be able to win a lot of games down the stretch. The bullpen is so important in today’s game. If their offense starts to get going with good health, it is good enough to win the World Series.
This was the second big trade that the White Sox made on Thursday. Earlier in the day, they landed Cesar Hernandez from the Cleveland Indians. It is rare for the White Sox to make a trade with either of these two things but it shows that the White Sox means business.