The Chicago White Sox needs bullpen help. There are some trades that may happen and there are some people that may go from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Now, they are looking for more people to come in and help out. They made their first move by adding Kendall Graveman to the group.
Graveman is coming to the Sox on a three-year deal worth 24 million dollars. This is great news for a team that is looking to take the next step in 2022. In order to win in the playoffs, they need their bullpen to come in and shut things down after the starters are done.
He will join the likes of Garrett Crochet, Aaron Bummer, and Liam Hendriks amongst others in this pen that has a chance to be great. Following that great starting rotation, they should be able to win most games that they enter the bullpen with a lead.
In 2021, Graveman had a strange year. The Seattle Mariners, much to the dismay of their clubhouse, traded Graveman to the Houston Astros. The Mariners were mad because they felt like they were giving up early. After the trade, Seattle went on to win 90 games but still miss the playoffs. Houston made it all the way to the World Series where they lost to the Atlanta Braves.
Kendall Graveman is going to be a fantastic addition to the Chicago White Sox.
Split between both clubs, Graveman had a fantastic year. He was awarded a 5-1 record as a reliever. He had a 1.77 ERA and a WHIP of 0.982. He also had 10 saves even though he wasn’t a primary closer. In 56.0 innings, he had 61 strikeouts which is a very nice number. His stuff is very good.
If the White Sox ultimately trade Craig Kimbrel, you can expect Graveman to be the guy in the 8th inning of games that they are leading. Getting the ball from the starters to Liam Hendriks just got a whole lot easier with this addition. It is going to be very fun to watch the late innings of games.
Graveman, as mentioned before, was in the World Series. He was a part of the Astros team that defeated the White Sox in the ALDS prior to their deep postseason run. That is a very valuable experience that is coming over to this young White Sox team. This team is serious about having a good bullpen because it is so important to have a deep run. This is great news for the team looking to take a step.