Report: White Sox sign Kelvin Herrera as they wait for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado decisions

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Kelvin Herrera reportedly inks a two-year deal with the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/chw" data-ylk="slk:Chicago White Sox">Chicago White Sox</a>. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Kelvin Herrera reportedly inks a two-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Chicago White Sox, reportedly in hot pursuit of either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, have settled on some bullpen help for the time being. And, hey, it’s a guy who played with Harper last season.

They’re reportedly adding Kelvin Herrera on a two-year contract worth $18 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal could extend to three years and $27 million with an option, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

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Herrera, 29, saved 17 games last season between stints with the Kansas City Royals and Washington Nationals after a midseason trade. He was pitching quite well in Kansas City (a 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings) before being shipped off to D.C. Things didn’t go as well there, as Herrera had a 4.34 ERA in 18.2 innings and his season ended early because of a shoulder injury.

The rest of Herrera’s career has also had its ups and downs. He was part of the Royals’ dangerous “HDH” bullpen with Wade Davis and Greg Holland that delivered a World Series win to Kansas City. He was an All-Star in 2015 and 2016. He was in the closer role for the Royals in 2017 and that’s when things fell off a bit. He saved 26 games but had a 4.25 ERA.

If he’s right and healthy, Herrera could be a bargain for the White Sox at $9 million per year. While a two-year deal with Herrera might seem to signal the rebuilding White Sox think they can compete pretty quickly in the AL Central, he could also just be a wise investment. He’ll join Alex Colomé in Chicago’s bullpen and could make either of them a worthwhile trade chip if Chicago’s not competing next season.

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