This Player Will be on the Trade Block if the White Sox Get Off to a Slow Start in 2020

By michael obermuller
Closer Alex Colome would be a major trade asset if things don't go as planned for the White Sox in 2020.
Closer Alex Colome would be a major trade asset if things don't go as planned for the White Sox in 2020. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The MLB is back, and every franchise is preparing for a 60-game sprint to playoffs. This includes the Chicago White Sox, who have become a popular dark horse pick in 2020. The White Sox have a young core peaking at the right time, and decided to supplement that group with some experience from free agency like Dallas Keuchel, Yasmani Grandal and Edwin Encarnacion.

If Chicago should falter early however, they might turn their sites to 2021. With a short season, there's not much room for error if you get off to a slow start, and this team's core is young enough that it wouldn't be a problem to push the rebuild for one more year. One player that could quickly see himself on the trade market in that situation is closer Alex Colome.

The 31-year old reliever would be an asset for any team trying to bulk their bullpen heading into a 2020 playoff run, and with his contract expiring in 2021, he would make the perfect rental for the White Sox to hand off.

Colome only had three blown saves in 2019, going 30 for 33, which yields a 90.9 save percentage. Although his strikeout numbers dipped a little last season, the right-hander is a competent closer with a proven track record.

While the White Sox would certainly rather keep Colome and make a run at the World Series this year, his $10.5-plus million arbitration could be dealt away if things go awry. If the money isn't the issue, they could instead use the closer to acquire a nice return for next season. As you can see, Chicago has options, and the first one involves winning games.

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