The White Sox have added to their bullpen by adding former Mariner and Ray, Alex Colome, trading Omar Narvaez in return to the Mariners. Colome (pronounced COLE-uh-may) was added to the Mariners in May, and assumed the setup role for closer Edwin Diaz. He was signed by the Rays as an amateur free agent in 2007. His time with the Rays saw him make the 2016 all star game and lead the American League in saves in 2017 with 47, for an 80 win team. In his career he has a 8.3 strikeout per nine rate and a 1.21 WHIP, last year between the Mariners and the Rays he improved on both getting his strikeouts per 9 to 9.5 and his WHIP down to 1.036. Alex relies mostly on 2 pitches, a fastball and a cutter, he also mixes a change up, but only threw it 3 times last year which was 0.3 percent of the time, down from 4.7 the year before. His cutter is is favorite pitch and last year generated 38.8 whiff rate percentage. He generates ground balls off his cutter and playing in front of a hopefully improved defense he will generate outs and can be, and has been used in high leverage situations.
Now on to what the White Sox gave up, Omar Narvaez, the catcher that got 45 percent of the time behind the plate for the White Sox last year. Omar had a career year and was showing signs of development last year, he had a .794 OPS ranking 5th among all catchers and second among lefty catchers. His biggest deficiency was what he did while crouching behind the plate, he costed the White Sox 10.4 runs being unable to frame pitches, in the last ten years he is 12th worse among all qualified catchers. He was a rule 5 pick from Tampa Bay in 2013.
Overall I like this trade, the catching glut for the White Sox is coming to roost for the White Sox major league level, with Welington Castillo still under contract this year and Seby Zavala and Zach Collins seemingly knocking on the door. There are also a couple catchers either on the free agent market or available via trade, it makes sense to move Omar when his value has never been higher. Colome gives the team a veteran presence who has been in division races and on winning teams before. At some point the players need to learn how to win. It isn’t worth anything to me personally but i’m sure the young pitchers like Reynaldo Lopez wouldn’t mind seeing a quality start be turned into a win instead of a no decision. He can mentor the young relievers and is under team control until 2021. The other option is the ability to flip him at the deadline if Rich Hahn chooses to do so and can get a return to help the team further.
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