The Chicago White Sox acquired Alex Colomé in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. In the trade, the White Sox sent away catcher Omar Narvaez. In 2018, Narvaez broke out as a strong hitter and took over most of the White Sox games behind the plate. Colomé, on the other hand, is a strong reliever who can handle save situations.
Chicago White Sox Acquire Alex Colomé
The White Sox now have a legitimate closer available in the pen, which is something the team has been missing since David Roberston was traded back in 2016. From 2016-2018 Colomé posted a 2.78 ERA with 9.5 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.
Colomé made the All-Star game in 2016 and led the majors in saves with 47 in 2017. His career numbers are: a 22-18 record with a 3.12 ERA, 96 saves and 314 strikeouts over 340.2 innings pitched. Adding Colomé to the bullpen shows the Sox are pushing to a win-now mode. Many young prospects are getting close to the majors, and Colomé provides a veteran presence for the younger players on the team.
The Mariners have received catcher Omar Narvaez. After catcher Wellington Castillo was suspended early in the season, Narvaez took over most games behind the plate. He did a solid job on defense, but really shined at the plate. He posted a slash line of .275/.366/.379 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 280 at-bats.
What The Trade Means
This move also shows a shift in the White Sox’s focus, as the team has two catching prospects that should be ready for the majors soon. Both Zack Collins and Seby Zavala played well last season. This move opens up a chance for one of them to move into the major league roster.
Alex Colomé could be the start of a few moves for the White Sox, as they have been in the market for many other players. For now, the White Sox have a solid bullpen arm that is under team control until 2020. This provides a good window for the team’s success.
The White Sox have a strong reliever in the minors, Zack Burdi, who could also become a closer in time. With this trade, if Burdi makes it to the major leagues this season, he will have a good veteran to learn from and help him develop.
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