The Indians Should Steal This Upcoming Free Agent Away From the White Sox After the 2020 Season

The Cleveland Indians should target this upcoming Chicago White Sox free agent next offseason.
The Cleveland Indians should target this upcoming Chicago White Sox free agent next offseason. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

The AL Central is one of the most competitive divisions in baseball, with three teams have a legitimate shot to win the division in 2020. The Cleveland Indians fell to second in 2019 after winning in each of the past three seasons, so they're going to be looking to make some noise again.

A perfect move to help secure their place at the top would be stealing Alex Colome away from the Chicago White Sox when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Cleveland may have a strong closer in Brad Hand, but their bullpen could certainly use another strong arm — especially when it's a righty.

Colome's 2.80 ERA last year probably overstates how well he pitched, considering his 4.38 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA), so a bit of regression in 2020 could actually pull his asking price down a bit.

That's not to say he isn't still a dangerous pitcher, though. Across 305 big league games, he's fanned 22.2 percent of the batters he has faced, earning a 3.82 SIERA while limiting opponents to 0.81 home runs per nine innings.

Collectively, Cleveland's relievers sat tied for 15th in the majors with a 4.50 expected fielding-independent pitching (xFIP) in the 2019 season, so they could certainly use the boost.

Adding Colome would not only provide that boost, but it would also be a blow to the White Sox, making that a win-win move for Cleveland.

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