He quickly made an impact, and Peavy recalls having a conversation with Twins' Joe Mauer, who was one of the best left-handed hitters in the game at the time. He said, ‘Chris Sale is the nastiest pitcher I have ever faced in the big leagues. First off, Joe Mauer did not pass out compliments, and Chris was a reliever and throwing 100 miles-per-hour and maybe not quite as refined as he is today, and when Joe Mauer said that a light bulb went on in my head.
The 2021 deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET on Friday with a flurry of major moves.
Mejía debuted May 21 and has never faced the White Sox as a starter. He’s 1-6 this season over 40 2⁄3 innings, posting a 7.52 ERA. Over his last seven starts he’s 0-5 in 32 innings with a 8.44 ERA.