The Chicago White Sox signed pitcher Kelvin Herrera on Monday as they heighten their chase for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper this offseason. Herrera joins Chicago on a 2-year, $18 million deal but could see the deal extended to $27 million should the White Sox sign him for an additional year.
The 29-year-old spend last season in Kansas before being traded to the Washington Nationals midseason. He averaged 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings for the City Royals but struggled in Washington, averaging 4.34 ERA in 18.2 innings.
Herrera’s career is full of ups and downs. He’s was part of the famous “HDH” bullpen that also included Wade Davis and Greg Holland. The trio helped Kansas City win the World Series. Individually, the Dominican recorded his highest ERA marks (1.41) in Kansas. He also never allowed a home run during the entire regular season.
After wonderful stints between 2014 and 2016, Herrera struggled in 2017. He improved last year before he was traded to the Nationals. The 29-year-old joins Nate Jones and new signing Alex Colome in Washington’s bullpen. He is the favorite to become the closer unless the Nats sign a better pitcher before the end of the offseason.