The White Sox swooped in to add Danny Farquhar after the Rays let him go in July. In 15 appearances after joining Chicago, Farquhar cut his walk rate from 5.7 BB/9 to 3.8 BB/9, although he was striking batters out at a slightly reduced clip (7.5 K/9). At his skills peak, he averaged 94.5 mph on his fastball with the Mariners in 2013, but he's leveled off between 92-93 mph over the four seasons since, and his struggles have been fueled by surges in walks or homers allowed. As their rebuilding effort continues, the White Sox will be among the teams willing to reboot veteran relievers with the hope of getting prospects back via trade. If pitching coach Don Cooper can lead Farquhar to regain his 2013-2014 skills, his path to becoming a closer again is surprisingly clear, but he's more of a wait-and-see type as a potential in-season pickup if things begin to click, as opposed to being worth of a reserve pick in deep leagues on draft day.
Farquhar reached a one-year, $1.05 million deal with the White Sox on Friday to avoid arbitration. Farquhar will return to Chicago after joining the club in late July, following his release from Tampa Bay. Throughout the course of the 2017 season with both clubs, he recorded a 4.20 ERA and 45:28 K:BB in 49.1 innings of relief work. He will likely settle back into a high-leverage role within the White Sox's bullpen for the upcoming campaign.
Farquhar signed a contract with the White Sox on Monday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Just four days after being released by the Rays, Farquhar has already found a new home. The right-hander struggled with command this season, but his strikeout ability could help him land a job in the big-league bullpen. For now, though, he'll act as an organizational depth piece at Triple-A Charlotte.
Farquhar was released by Tampa Bay on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Farquhar was outrighted to Triple-A Durham after being designated for assignment by the club in late June, and will now head to the open market following Thursday's release. During 37 appearances with the Rays this season, Farquhar posted a 4.11 ERA with a WHIP of 1.43 over the course of 35 innings. The reliever had spent the past couple years between the big leagues and Durham, but primarily served out of Tampa Bay's bullpen this season. Although he wasn't typically used during high-leverage situations, the right-hander has pitched well enough the past few seasons to warrant another chance at the major-league level.
Farquhar accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, MLB.com reports. The 30-year-old was unable to fetch much interest as a waiver claim after submitting a 4.11 ERA and 33:22 K:BB over 35 innings. Now more than three years removed from his last stint as a closer in the big leagues with the Mariners and struggling to contribute in a middle-relief role, Farquhar no longer finds himself on the fantasy landscape.
Farquhar was credited with his seventh hold of the season in Friday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, getting a key out in the eighth inning with a strikeout. Farquhar was called upon with runners at the corners and one out in the bottom of the eighth and the Rays clinging to a 5-4 lead. The veteran reliever was able to get Mitch Moreland on four pitches, bridging the gap to closer Alex Colome, who came in a bit earlier than usual to snuff out the threat by inducing an inning-ending grounder from Josh Rutledge. The 30-year-old Farquhar has been a valuable component of the Rays bullpen while posting three holds and one victory over his current 11-appearance scoreless streak.