The Chicago White Sox have added Brett Myers to their bullpen after completing a trade with the Houston Astros, who have now been involved in like 500 trades over the past few weeks. The Astros will pay the majority of Myers’ salary for the season, though the veteran right-hander will be the recipient of a $10 million option for next season should he manage to finish 16 more games with the White Sox. Addison Reed has only blown three saves for Chicago all season, and he’s loaded with talent, so it’s pretty likely Myers doesn’t make that option a reality.
The Tigers, as most everyone assumed they would, have been charging toward the division lead ferociously (hey, tigers are ferocious animals) of late, so it makes sense that the Sox would want to upgrade anywhere possible. The Astros will of course add to their minor league depth with this trade. Aside from getting a player to be named later, Houston also gets two minor league pitchers. The first is lefty starter Blair Walters (22) and the second is righty starter Matthew Heidenreich (21). Walters was taken in the 11th round of the 2011 draft, while Heidenreich was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.
Myers is still a solid-enough reliever that he can be of assistance to the Dub-Sox despite failing to miss many bats at this stage in his career. Since the Astros are on the hook for the majority of the money he is owed, neither prospect jettisoned in the trade is near the top of any organizational depth charts, and Myers’ option isn’t going to be a problem, this deal makes plenty of sense for the current AL Central leaders. Myers is not an ace reliever and he isn’t a threat to still be a useful starter anymore, but the White Sox didn’t have to pay a price to acquire him that would take those sort of things into account. This move is a positive one for Chicago, and with Detroit looming large as a very real threat, any sort of gain without much loss deserves a thumbs up. The White Sox bullpen has been one of the most mediocre units in the game in 2012, as they’ve posted a 4.01 ERA and allowed opposing hitters a .711 OPS.