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The White Sox Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Guardians

Devon Platana
The Chicago White Sox should steal free-agent RHP Bryan Shaw away from the Cleveland Guardians.
The Chicago White Sox should steal free-agent RHP Bryan Shaw away from the Cleveland Guardians. / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Free agency opened up once the 2021-22 MLB lockout came to an end last week, allowing clubs to flesh out their rosters before the new season begins. One team looking to make some more additions is the Chicago White Sox.

Although the White Sox had the seventh-best team ERA (3.83) in 2021, it never hurts to add a veteran arm to the bullpen. That's why Chicago should consider stealing right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw away from the rival Cleveland Guardians.

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Shaw made an MLB-leading 81 appearances with the Guardians last season, racking up a 6-7 record. He finished the campaign with a 3.49 ERA — his best since 2016 — and a 1.384 WHIP in 77.1 innings pitched.

Beyond last season's stats, Shaw also brings 19 games worth of postseason experience, which includes a World Series appearance. He's 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.136 WHIP over that span, which is the kind of pitching the White Sox would love to help make a deeper playoff run.

The White Sox lost 3-1 to the Houston Astros in last year's American League Division Series, so the hope is to have even more success in 2022. Adding the 34-year-old veteran to the mix could help that while hurting the rival Guardians in the process.

Chicago is already pretty deep with relievers, so adding Shaw to the mix would give them one of the top bullpens in the league. Only time will if those results will pay off for the White Sox, who are tied for having the third-best odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.