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Chicago White Sox: 3 free agents in World Series to consider

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 31: Austin Riley #27 of the Atlanta Braves hits a single against Kendall Graveman #31 of the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in Game Five of the World Series at Truist Park on October 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 31: Austin Riley #27 of the Atlanta Braves hits a single against Kendall Graveman #31 of the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in Game Five of the World Series at Truist Park on October 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox could certainly use some bullpen help this winter. 

The White Sox bullpen failed to live up to their lofty expectations set upon them leading up to the 2021 season. Their struggles were one of the reasons Rick Hahn went out and added Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrel from the Chicago Cubs with the hopes of solidifying the back end of the bullpen.

It did not go as planned. The White Sox are already looking to trade Kimbrel because he turned out to be such a disaster. If the White Sox wants a veteran reliever to replace him, then Kendall Graveman is a viable option.

The White Sox got a first look at Graveman during the ALDS. In nine games this postseason, he has a 1-0 record, 1.64 ERA, and 11 strikeouts.

He opened the 2021 season with the Seattle Mariners and was lethal out of their bullpen. He posted a 0.82 ERA before being traded to the Houston Astros at the trade deadline. He finished the year with 10 saves and a 1.77 ERA.

Graveman mostly thrived in a setup role which is exactly what the White Sox need. Liam Hendriks has the closer role locked up so the White Sox just need to build a bridge to the ninth inning. During the last two seasons, Graveman has held opponents to a .221 and .180 batting average.

Graveman does have a career ERA of 4.15 so his services would not be as expensive as other relief arms on the market. If he can replicate the success he had in 2021 then he would be a great addition to bolster the White Sox bullpen.

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