The Chicago White Sox continued their busy off season as they have went out and signed RHP Kelvin Herrera and OF Jon Jay. Herrera will receive a multi-year contract with an option, while the contract for Jay is of the one-year variety. Herrera and Jay both come with the flexibility of being able to serve multiple areas for the club with Jay able to play all three outfield spots and Herrera able to pitch in multiple roles whether its setting up or closing out games.
Herrera who just turned 29 will receive a two-year contract with a third year vesting option that will guarantee him $18MM which includes $17MM plus a $1MM buyout. If the option does vest or Chicago chooses to pick it up then Herrera will have a salary of $10MM in 2021.
Herrera has been a dominant late inning threat over the past 7 years known for his great pitching with the Kansas City Royals. Over that span he has had an ERA under 3.00 five times and has accumulated 60 saves and 113 holds with a lifetime ERA of 2.82. At the trade deadline Herrera was dealt from Kansas City to Washington where he appeared in only 21 games due to injuries including a foot injury in August that ended his season. The injury does come with a long rehab time but the Sox are hopeful that he will be ready to start the season.
As for Jay, he will earn a $4MM salary this year on his one-year deal. Jay likely will be seen as a platoon candidate with Adam Engel in center and should also see time in the corner outfield spots as well. Jay most known for his time with the Cardinals owns a lifetime slash line of .285/.352/.378 over the span of his nine-year career including stops in Chicago with the Cubs and his split year between Kansas City and Arizona this past season.
The Chicago White Sox have been extremely active this winter with multiple free agent signings and trades to revamp their lineup and pitching both starting and relief. The Sox have also been in contact with the two big names on the market and reports suggest that they have already made an offer to one of them, Manny Machado. What will be the White Sox next move? We’ll have to wait and see.