The White Sox are talking more about Colome as their closer than Kelvin Herrera, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The White Sox acquired Colome and Herrera during the offseason and fueled speculation about Chicago's closer role. Both hurlers have endgame experience, but Colome cost them a good-hitting catcher in Omar Narvaez. The price to acquire him, plus Herrera getting over surgery to repair a Lisfranc ligament injury, gives Colome a slight edge. However, we still expect it to be a legitimate competition in spring training. Ultimately, whether it's Colome or Herrera as the closer, the White Sox feel they've locked down the eighth and ninth innings.
Colome signed a one-year deal with the White Sox worth $7.325 million Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Colome posted a 3.04 ERA in 68 innings for Tampa Bay and Seattle last season, transitioning to a setup role after a late-May move to the Mariners. Acquired in exchange for Omar Narvaez in November, he'll now be competing with Kelvin Herrera for a return to a closing role.
Colome was traded to the White Sox from Seattle on Friday in exchange for Omar Narvaez. Colome began this past season as Tampa Bay's closer before getting shipped to Seattle in late May. He wound up serving as Edwin Diaz's setup man, logging a 2.53 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 49 strikeouts in 46.1 innings with the Mariners. The soon-to-be 30-year-old was able to bounce back from a rough 2017 campaign in which his walk rate (3.1 BB/9) and strikeout rate (7.8 K/9) each took a negative turn. Looking ahead, Colome will have the opportunity to step back into the ninth-inning role for the White Sox during this upcoming season after registering a total of 96 saves in 110 chances since the start of 2016. He will be under club control for two more seasons before becoming a free agent.
Colome (illness) picked up his 28th hold of the season Monday against the Astros, striking out one across a perfect inning. Colome ended up missing just one game with an illness. The 29-year-old reliever owns a 3.18 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 71:19 K:BB across 65 innings with the Rays and Mariners this season. He'll continue to fill a setup role for Seattle down the stretch with Edwin Diaz locked in as the closer.
Colome is under the weather and may not be available for Monday's game against Houston, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. It's unclear as to when Colome began to feel sick, but the issue isn't expected to keep him out for long. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward.