The Chicago White Sox are flying sky high after sweeping the Texas Rangers in a three-game series. Jose Quintana was fantastic once again, throwing eight innings of one run, two-hit ball for his fourth win of the season. While it’s apparent that Jose Quintana has some sort of magical pixie dust working in his favor, one has to wonder if the White Sox should be in the market for a starting pitcher.
After all, that was one of the big issues a few weeks back with a struggling Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber. Since then, Gavin Floyd has improved and Dylan Axelrod has filled in for the “injured” Philip Humber. Although the White Sox rotation isn’t the one they pictured at the beginning of the season, they have enough quality arms to hold the fort until John Danks and Philip Humber return. There is no point to acquire a major starting pitcher at this point because a) where will Danks and Humber go and b) it will be a rental. There isn’t a starting pitcher available worth it all things considered, even if it’s the talent Mr. Greinke or Cole Hamels. Having said all that, I would love to see the White Sox go for a veteran reliever.
As of today, the White Sox have one pitcher in their bullpen who isn’t a rookie, and that is the under-appreciated Matt Thornton. With Jesse Crain’s nagging injuries, the Sox could use another shutdown right-hander to keep some of the pressure off of the awesome but young Nate Jones. Here are three relievers I would love to see the White Sox go after, and three pitchers who will have a lot of MLB rumors spread about them during the rest of the month.
Rafael Betancourt – - Colorado Rockies
Betancourt is familar with the AL Central from his time spent in Cleveland, and he is one of the few pitchers who isn’t a complete joke for the Colorado Rockies. In 30 games this season, Betancourt has a 3.03 ERA, 3.11 FIP, and a 9.4 K/9 ratio. He is making $4 million this season, $4.25 million in 2013, with a mutual option for 2014.
Carlos Marmol – - Chicago Cubs
I can hear the gasps already, but Carlos Marmol is a guy the White Sox should target. Marmol is making $7 million this year and $9.8 million next season, so the Chicago Cubs would have to pay a majority of his remaining contract. But the cost would be so minimal in regards to Marmol it’s worth the risk, assuming the Cubs pay the money. I’m sure Don Cooper would enjoy the challenge as well.
Brandon League – - Seattle Mariners
League has no place on the Seattle Mariners. He isn’t closing anymore, so he’s a decent middle reliever on a bad team. I’m sure the Mariners wouldn’t be asking much for League. The Sox could just convince them that one of our players is a good defender and they would drool all over that. League has a 3.50 ERA in 36 innings this season.
To recap, as far as starting pitching goes, I believe the White Sox are good enough, especially with the emergence of Jose Quintana. So the White Sox should look at one reliever that won’t cost much prospect wise and money wise. Obviously, these guys are making a good amount of money, but there’s no way these teams can get rid of these guys without picking up some of the salary (looking at you Tom Ricketts). Plus, I want to avoid going for the big targets at all costs. It just isn’t worth it. Hutson Street and Brett Myers will probably be shopped as established closers or something. No thanks.