White Sox Bring Former Closer Back Into Organization

He was once a lock-down closer for the Chicago White Sox, but his career has careened downwards since leaving the organization after the 2020 season. Alex Colome is now back in the system, trying to reclaim some past glory. It'll begin at Charlotte.

The 34-year-old out of the Domincan has signed a minor league deal with the South Siders after being released by the Washington Nationals.

Colome spent two seasons with the White Sox in 2019 and 2020, and had a 2.27 ERA and 42 saves over 83 games during that time. In 2021, he moved to the Minnesota Twins, where he had more blown saves (3) than saves (2) in April, and promptly lost the closer's job for a while. He regained it in August, posting 15 more saves in 18 opportunities. He finished the year with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.

In 2022, he signed with the Colorado Rockies, where he did not act as the closer, and, in the thin air of Coors Field, struggled to a 5.74 ERA in 47 innings, with a bloated 1.68 WHIP.

He was glad to get out of Denver and now will try to resuscitate his career back in the ChiSox organization.

Colome also had 95 saves with the Tampa Bay Rays earlier in his career, including an All-Star season in 2016.

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