On July 21, Brett Myers was traded to the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox finally had a versatile relief pitcher. Myers could be a setup man, closer or even long relief. Will the White Sox resign Myers? Is there a chance that Myers could go into the starting rotation again? The White Sox hold a $10 million option on Myers and can buy Myers’ contract out for $3 million.
Myers was a starter for the Philadelphia Phillies and was moved into their bullpen in 2007 as their closer. Showing how versatile Myers was in 2008, he moved back into the starting rotation and helped the Phillies win a World Series in 2008.
Looking only at Myers’ numbers with the Phillies, he was effective as a starter and a closer. As a starter for the Phillies, he was 89-79 with a 4.27 ERA. He posted a 4.40 ERA and had 21 saves with the Phillies as their closer in 2007.
Myers then signed with the Houston Astros, where he recorded 19 saves and had an ERA of 3.77 in three years. Those are pretty good numbers when being on a team that was in last place in the NL Central for the last three years.
The White Sox might want Myers to move into the starting rotation. With Gavin Floyd having an option on his contract this year, the White Sox might be looking at Myers to be their fourth or even fifth starter depending on if Floyd resigns or not.
Will Myers agree? He had good numbers as a relief pitcher for the Phillies, Astros and White Sox. He might not be inclined to move from the bullpen to the starting rotation.
I think that if the White Sox can bring Myers back, they should and they should move him into the starting rotation. If the White Sox bring Floyd back, they can play around with the starting rotation. The White Sox can make Floyd the fourth starter and have Myers be the fifth or vice versa. Myers being as versatile as he is can move right back into the bullpen if he doesn’t do well as a starter.
Time will tell if Myers comes back and moves into the starting role. I hope that the White Sox resign Myers because having right handed pitchers who can play many roles is always a good thing.