The White Sox continue to bolster their bullpen as they have signed an old foe in right-handed relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera. Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the deal. It is said to be a two-year $18 million contract with a club option for a third year.
Reliever Kelvin Herrera and the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $18 million deal with a vesting third-year option, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 7, 2019
Herrera finished last season starting with the Kansas City Royals, but then was traded to the Washington Nationals. He accumulated an ERA of 2.44 over his time with the two clubs and has a career 2.82 ERA and a 8.7 K/9. Sox fans can remember Herrera as the filthy closer during the reign of the Royals. He was an All-Star in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016. The 29-year-old is on the back end of his career, but continues to show he still has his nasty stuff.
Baseball has been evolving into a game of who has the strongest bullpen and the White Sox have been responding positively so far this off-season. Earlier in the winter Rick Hahn acquired reliever Alex Colome from the Mariners in exchange for catcher Omar Narvaez.
It was thought that Colome would return to his duties as closer for our Sox as he was for the Tampa Bay Rays, but the addition of Herrera could alter those chances. Both candidates are respective All-Stars in their past which should make out for a great battle between the two. Either way, Ricky Renteria can’t go wrong calling on one of these relievers in the 8th or 9th inning of a tight game.
The Sox bullpen was ranked 23rd overall according to ESPN last season. The new and improved White Sox bullpen has put them in a position to be ranked in the top half of the league. Overall, this is a great move by Rick Hahn as teams now have to go through a string of relievers in Herrera, Colome, Nate Jones, and Jace Fry.
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