My motto always is that a team can never have enough pitching whether that is starting pitching or relief pitching. For the Chicago White Sox that still holds true. While their starting rotation seems set the White Sox could still use an extra pitcher in the bullpen.
A player that the White Sox should look at is Matt Capps. Capps most recently played for the Minnesota Twins and had decent numbers on a team that wasn’t very good. While Capps did spend a lot of time in the minors in 2012 he still appeared in 30 games for the Twins in 2012.
Capps pitched 29.1 innings and had an ERA of 3.68. He had 14 saves in his limited time with the Twins in 2012 and had 18 strikeouts. In total Capps saved 45 games for the Twins in his three years there. Those are good numbers seeing as he took over when regular closer Joe Nathan went down with an injury.
I think that having Capps on the roster as a potential closer can bring added competition to Addison Reed as well.
Reed did a good job at closer for the White Sox, but in 2013 it will only be his second year in the majors. Batters might be able to adjust to what Reed was throwing. What happens if Reed gets hurt? True Matt Thornton or Hector Santiago could step in and close games, but wouldn’t the White Sox want a proven closer like Capps?
Capps wouldn’t be very expensive either, so the White Sox wouldn’t have to break the bank to sign him.
Like I said, you can never have enough pitching in baseball. Capps would fit in nicely with the White Sox, and I think he is at least worth a Spring Training invite.
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