White Sox Off Season Officially Off And Running With Trade For Alex Colome


The White Sox off season got underway today as they traded catcher Omar Narvaez to Seattle for right-handed relief pitcher Alex Colome.

This trade may come as a surprise to some, seeing as they already parted ways with Kevan Smith. This means that Welington Castillo is the only catcher with a roster spot. The guess here is that the team gives Seby Zavala a legitimate chance to win the backup role out of spring training. Assuming Zack Collins starts his year with Triple-A, he will no longer have to share catching duties with Zavala, which should speed up his development.

Colome is a reliever who spent the majority of his career in Tampa Bay, but was traded to the Mariners last year. In 2018 with Tampa Bay and Seattle, Colome put up a 3.04 ERA and a 1.0 WAR in 68 IP. His career K/9 and BB/9 sits at 9.13 and 2.97, respectively. He also was an All-Star in 2016.

The White Sox end up getting great value here. They traded a platoon catcher for a legitimate reliever who can helps bolster the back end of the bullpen. The White Sox do have a number of young, home grown guys in their bullpen, but they still need a veteran to pair with Nate Jones. Colome is going to be that guy.