The only thing better than having one All-Star closer is having two. The Chicago White Sox acquired their second one on Friday when they traded infielder Nick Madrigal and pitcher Codi Heuer to their crosstown rival Cubs for righty Craig Kimbrel.
Kimbrel joins Liam Hendriks to form a dynamic duo at the back end of games.
The only question is, who gets the ninth?
“The day that they are both available it will be real clear, if we have the lead, who pitches the eighth and who pitches the ninth,” manager Tony La Russa said Saturday. “There’s not going to be a QB controversy, there’s not going to be a closers controversy. Let’s get the outs, let’s get the win and keep moving forward.”
La Russa intends on informing the pitchers of their roles before the game even starts and is mostly relying on availability as the determining factor from night to night. If the White Sox keep up their winning ways, they believe there will plenty of closing opportunities for both pitchers while keeping them both fresh as well.
“I’ll be closing games,” Kimbrel said on his first day with his new team. “I’ll be throwing in the eighth inning. The whole idea is to structure it in a way that we’re all healthy…