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3 offseason questions facing the Chicago White Sox at pitcher and catcher, including filling Mike Clevinger's impact

LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune on

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The 2022 Chicago White Sox had one of baseball’s top starters in Dylan Cease and one of the game’s best relievers in Liam Hendriks. But inconsistency and injuries affected the rotation and bullpen as a whole.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal will look to rebound after career lows in hitting (.202), on-base percentage (.301) and slugging (.269).

What’s next for the Sox behind the plate and on the mound? Here are three questions to monitor this offseason.

1. What will be Mike Clevinger’s impact?

The White Sox entered the offseason with a hole in their rotation.

“Obviously we need another starter,” pitching coach Ethan Katz said during a video conference call Nov. 17. “That right now is our biggest need from the pitching standpoint.”

 

The team addressed that need Sunday, signing free agent Mike Clevinger.

The right-hander is familiar with the American League Central, spending parts of five seasons with Cleveland before being traded to San Diego in 2020.

Clevinger, who turns 32 on Dec. 21, went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 23 appearances (22 starts) for the Padres in 2022 after missing all of 2021 recovering from Tommy John surgery. It will be interesting to see what steps he takes after being further removed from that surgery. He had 114⅓ innings in 2022.

His career high in innings (200) came while going 13-8 with a 3.02 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 2018. He matched the career high in wins the next season, going 13-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 21 starts (126 innings).

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