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What does Brett Myers bring to the White Sox?


What does Brett Myers bring to the White Sox?

Whether Brett Myers closes or not, he'll bring some key depth to a White Sox bullpen that has struggled as of late. From a veteran aspect, Myers will bring experience to the Sox youth-oriented bullpen that has cycled through plenty of rookies this season.

On the mound, Myers has had success this season, posting a 3.52 ERA in 30 23 innings this season. He has a 4.24 FIP, which could be discouraging -- but looking at what goes into FIP, it may just be the product of a small sample size. In those 30 23 innings, he's allowed four home runs, which shows up as a high home run rate. But he's only issued six walks, and he's getting penalized because of a low strikeout rate (about six per nine innings).

If you want to be concerned about Myers, maybe look past his FIP and toward the fact he's only pitched in the National League during his career. But that's a tenuous concern at best, since nobody knows how Myers will adjust to pitching in a different league. That he's pitched over a decade in the majors could be a decent enough reason to think he'll be able to adapt pretty easily.

Myers was outstanding in April and May, compiling a 2.08 ERA with 14 strikeouts, three walks and two home runs allowed. He's regressed a bit since, posting a 5.40 ERA with six strikeouts, three walks and two home runs allowed in 13 13 innings.

In speaking to the Houston media, Myers seemed excited to get into a pennant race -- something he hasn't come close to experiencing during his 2 12 years in Houston -- so maybe that'll fuel some better results than he's seen since the start of June.

It's a risk worth taking for the Sox, since it's not really a risk at all. Only paying about 1 million for a veteran reliever while not giving up much in the way of prospects makes this deal one certainly worth making.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1


White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week


Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.