I’m kind of over the White Sox signing relievers and trading them because they’re not competing in late July. However, when it comes to Alex Colome and Aaron Bummer, I think it’s worth a listen. I’m partially averse to trading Colomé, given his track record, but his 2019 peripherals are subpar. I specifically don’t want to trade him because I have him in fantasy and want those save points, but that’s neither here nor there. Here are some quick numbers from Statcast. Colomé has a barrel percentage of 9.8%. Other years, he hovered around 4-5%. His hard hit percentage is up 1.6% from 2018. His xwOBA (park-adjusted weighted on-base percentage) is up 29 points from 2018 (.330), and finally, his strikeout percentage is down, while his walk percentage is up. This is not encouraging, even with 21 saves and a 2.33 ERA (blah blah blah).
According to renowned Chicago baseball analyst Bruce Levine, the Braves are interested in BOTH Colomé and Bummer.
Frankly, I think the Sox can replicate an Aaron Bummer. Jace Fry has the potential to be a power lefty, but the team seems keen on keeping Bummer because he’s younger. I’ll answer this easily. Listen to offers on both. If you’re not blown away, the team should stand pat and you have two solid back-end relievers for 2020, which is supposedly the beginning of their competing window. The Sox have a weak bullpen. If they think they can get relievers off the open market without hindering spending on “premier talent,” then fine, trading Colomé or Bummer doesn’t hurt you much. If you think that 2020 is your window and Colomé improves his peripherals, then it’s even better for my fantasy team that he’s not a setup man on a really good team. I’m sick of trading relievers for top-250 prospects. Only trade these guys if the return is insurmountable.
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