On Friday afternoon, the White Sox and Mariners struck a trade. The White Sox dealt their front-runner for starting C – Omar Narvez – to the Mariners in exchange for RP Alex Colome.
Narvaez, 26, is coming off of his best season as a Major Leaguer, posting a slash line of .275/.366/.429 with a 120 OPS+ and 1.9 bWAR. He was in line to battle with Welington Castillo for the starting position for the 2019 White Sox.
Alex Colome, was 7-5 with a 3.04 ERA in 2018. He split time with the Rays and Mariners, and seemed to find himself again up in Seattle. With the Mariners, he was 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA and a 162 ERA+. Colome was an All-Star in 2016, when he went 2-4 with a 1.91 ERA for the Rays.
With this trade, the Mariners continued their early-stage rebuild and solidified their catching position for the upcoming season. Before the trade, the only C listed on the Mariners’ depth chart was David Freitas, who saw limited Major League action in 2018. Their trade of Cano/Diaz to the Mets still looms overhead.
The White Sox solidified their bullpen early on in the offseason by acquiring Colome. He begins the process of finding reliable bullpen arms as the White Sox forge ahead into the next phase of their rebuild.
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