The Chicago White Sox made a move on Saturday afternoon, one that many expected them to do sooner rather than later, by picking up a bullpen arm. Brett Myers heads to the White Sox from the Houston Astros. The White Sox send over Matt Heidenreich, Blair Walters and a player to be named later.
Myers, 31, has been the Astros closer this season after starting over the past two. Myers has 35 appearances this season with 19 saves and a 3.45 ERA.
As a starter for the last two seasons, Myers has thrown over 400 innings with a 3.79 ERA.
Myers has a 10 million dollar option that kicks in next year if he finishes 45 games. So far, Myers has finished 29 games, and assuming the White Sox keep Addison Reed in the closer spot, Myers will not reach the additional 16 games needed for the option to kick in.
For the White Sox, it means that they will have to rely less on rookie Nate Jones, who has had his struggles this year. It also gives them insurance in case Jessie Crain is unable to battle back from the injuries that have held him back this season.
The veteran presence will be a welcome sight in the White Sox bullpen, who at times have used six or more rookies to pitch in a game. As the season goes on, and the pennant races gets tighter, the option of a veteran pitcher often pays off more so than the inexperienced rookies.
I would highly expect this to be the first of a couple moves White Sox general manager Kenny Williams will make. It is clear they needed more than just one arm, but it certainly is a start for a team who has seen their lead in the American League central dwindle down. The question is, what is out their for the price the White Sox are willing to pay?
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