With the 2021 MLB trade deadline approaching in under 24 hours, Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is staying busy. After acquiring second baseman Cesar Hernandez from Cleveland this morning, the White Sox struck a deal with the crosstown rival Cubs for right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Tepera.
The White Sox are sending left-handed pitcher Bailey Horn to North Side of town in exchange for Tepera. Horn was the White Sox fifth-round pick (142nd overall) in the 2020 MLB Draft. He owns a 2-3 record, 5.63 ERA, and 1.33 WHIP in 38.1 innings across 14 games (ten starts) between Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem in 2021.
Tepera sports an impressive 2.78 FIP and 2.91 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 12 walks in 43.3 innings of work on the season. The 33-year-old righty has shown an ability to get the job done in high-leverage situations, which is a welcome addition to a struggling White Sox relief corps.
Luckily, Tepera does not have to travel far with this trade and the White Sox were able to bolster the back-end of their bullpen with a right-handed arm. To make room for Tepera on the 40-man roster, the White Sox transferred RHP Evan Marshall, who has been dealing with an elbow ailment, to the 60-day injured list.