Deep Dive: Available free agent right-handed relievers

Cameo: Dellin Betances has arguably the best track record of all right-handed bullpen free agents. Aside from striking out two hitters, he missed the whole season due to injuries. (@DBetances68)

“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

This article delves into the plentiful right-handed relief options that will be available this offseason. Be forewarned, the quality of these free agents does drop rather quickly.


The White Sox have a closer in Alex Colomé who is arbitration-eligible and several right-handed relievers who hadn’t enjoyed success until this year, (including Jimmy Cordero and Evan Marshall). At least two lefties will likely be on next year’s roster (Aaron Bummer and one or two among Jace Fry, Caleb Frare, Josh Osich, Jacob Lindgren or others).

It’s possible that guys like Jose Ruiz and Carson Fulmer could be considered for a 13-man staff, but what other options are there? That list of available free agents is below. Most of the relievers are well into their thirties, and aside from the top dozen or so guys, the best right-handed relief options may be those coming off injuries, like Dellin Betances and Brandon Morrow.

(ages are as of April 1, 2020)


Yusmeiro Petit
Oakland Athletics
2019 bWAR 2.2
Stats 5-3, 0 SV, 2.72 ERA, 82.2 IP, 0.81 WHIP, 1.1 BB/9, 7.7 K/9
Age 35

Will Harris
Houston Astros
2019 bWAR 2.0
Stats 4-1, 3 SV, 1.51 ERA, 59.2 IP, 0.94 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 9.4 K/9
Age 35

Steve Cishek
Chicago Cubs
2019 bWAR 1.8
Stats 4-6, 7 SV, 2.95 ERA, 64 IP, 1.20 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, 8.0 K/9
Age 33

Brandon Kintzler
Chicago Cubs
2019 bWAR 1.7
Stats 3-3, 1 SV, 2.68 ERA, 57 IP, 1.04 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 7.6 K/9
Age 35

Chris Martin
Atlanta Braves
2019 bWAR 1.5
Stats 1-3, 3 SV, 3.40 ERA, 55.2 IP, 1.02 WHIP, 0.5 BB/9, 11.2 K/9
Age 33

Hector Rondón
Houston Astros
2019 bWAR 0.8
Stats 3-2, 0 SV, 3.71 ERA, 60.2 IP, 1.25 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 7.1 K/9
Age 32

Cory Gearrin
New York Yankees
2019 bWAR 0.8
Stats 1-3, 0 SV, 4.07 ERA, 55.1 IP, 1.45 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, 7.6 K/9
Age 33

Shawn Kelley
Texas Rangers
2019 bWAR 0.8
Stats 5-2, 11 SV, 4.94 ERA, 47.1 IP, 1.39 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 8.2 K/9
Age 35

Kelley has a $2.5 million club option, with a $250,000 buyout.

Craig Stammen
San Diego Padres
2019 bWAR 0.8
Stats 8-7, 4 SV, 3.29 ERA, 82 IP, 1.16 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, 8.0 K/9
Age 36

David Phelps
Chicago Cubs
2019 bWAR 0.7
Stats 2-1, 1 SV, 3.41 ERA, 34.1 IP, 1.40 WHIP, 4.5 BB/9, 9.4 K/9
Age 33

The Cubs have a $5 million club option on Phelps.

Joe Smith
Houston Astros
2019 bWAR 0.7
Stats 1-0, 0 SV, 1.80 ERA, 25 IP, 0.96 WHIP, 1.8 BB/9, 7.9 K/9
Age 36

Sergio Romo
Minnesota Twins
2019 bWAR 0.6
Stats 2-1, 20 SV, 3.43 ERA, 60.1 IP, 1.11 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
Age 37

Collin McHugh
Houston Astros
2019 bWAR 0.4
Stats 4-5, 0 SV, 4.70 ERA, 74.2 IP, 1.23 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 9.9 K/9
Age 32

Tommy Hunter
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 bWAR 0.3
Stats 0-0, 0 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.38 WHIP, 5.1 IP, 0.00 B/9, 8.4 K/9
Age 33

Jared Hughes
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 bWAR 0.3
Stats 5-5, 1 SV, 4.04 ERA, 71.1 IP, 1.18 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
Age 34

Philadelphia holds a $3 million club option, with $250,000 buyout.

Kenley Jansen
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 bWAR 0.2
Stats 5-3, 33 SV, 3.71 ERA, 63 IP, 1.06 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 11.4 K/9
Age 32

Jansen can opt out of the remaining two years, $38 million left on his contract, which is not likely.

Nate Jones
Texas Rangers
2019 bWAR 0.2
Stats 0-1, 1 SV, 3.48 ERA, 10.1 IP, 1.65 WHIP, 6.1 BB/9, 8.7 K/9
Age 34

The Rangers hold a $5.15 million club option, with a $1.25 million buyout. Book the latter.

Darren O’Day
Atlanta Braves
2019 bWAR 0.2
Stats 0-0, 0 SV, 1.69 ERA, 5.1 IP, 0.75 WHIP, 1.7 BB/9, 10.1 K/9
Age 37

Arodys Vizcaino
Seattle Mariners
2019 bWAR 0.1
Stats 1-0, 1 SV, 2.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 1.50 WHIP, 6.8 BB/9, 13.5 K/9
Age 29

Greg Holland
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 bWAR 0.1
Stats 1-2, 17 SV, 4.54 ERA, 35.2 IP, 1.37 WHIP, 6.1 BB/9, 10.3 K/9
Age 34

Addison Reed
Minnesota Twins

The 31-year-old didn’t pitch in 2019.

Dellin Betances
New York Yankees
2019 bWAR 0.0
Stats 0-0, 0 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.2 IP, 0.00 WHIP, 0.0 BB/9, 27.0 K/9
Age 32

Betances missed most of the season due to shoulder, lat and Achilles injuries

Pedro Strop
Chicago Cubs
2019 bWAR 0.0
Stats 2-5, 10 SV, 4.97 ERA, 41.2 IP, 1.27 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 10.6 K/9
Age 34

Anthony Swarzak
Atlanta Braves
2019 bWAR 0.0
Stats 3-4, 4 SV, 4.56 ERA, 53.1 IP, 1.48 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 7.9 K/9
Age 34

Given this year’s beef among Bria Anderson, Ariana Giolito and Elizabeth Swarzak, don’t expect a return to the South Side.

Josh Fields
Texas Rangers

The 34-year-old didn’t pitch in 2019.

Brandon Morrow
Chicago Cubs

The 35-year-old missed 2019 due to injury. There’s a $12 million club/vesting option that could be bought for out $3 million.

Dan Otero
Cleveland
2019 bWAR 0.0
Stats 4.85 ERA, 29.2 IP, 1.52 WHIP, 0.9 BB/9, 4.9 K/9
Age 35

Otero has a $1.5 million club option that can be bought out for $100,000.

Bud Norris
Toronto Blue Jays

The 35-year-old didn’t pitch in 2019.

Tony Barnette
Chicago Cubs
2019 bWAR 0.0
Stats 0-0, 0 SV, 6.75 ERA, 1.1 IP, 1.50 WHIP, 0.0 BB/9, 0.0 K/9
Age 36

Barnette has a $3 million club option for 2020.

Brad Brach
New York Mets
2019 bWAR -0.1
Stats 5-4, 0 SV, 5.47 ERA, 54.1 IP, 1.62 WHIP, 1.8 BB/9, 9.2 K/9
Age 33

Juan Nicasio
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 bWAR -0.1
Stats 2-3, 1 SV, 4.75 ERA, 47.1 IP, 1.65 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9, 8.6 K/9
Age 33

Luke Gregerson
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 bWAR -0.1
Stats 0-0, 0 SV, 7.94 ERA, 5.2 IP, 2.12 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, 3.2 K/9
Age 35

Pat Neshek
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 bWAR -0.1
Stats 0-1, 3 SV, 5.00 ERA, 18 IP, 1.39 WHIP, 1.0 B/9, 4.5 K/9
Age 39

Neshek has a $7 million club option (that will probably be bought out) for $750,000.

Cody Allen
Minnesota Twins
2019 bWAR -0.2
Stats 0-2, 4 SV, 6.26 ERA, 23 IP, 1.91 WHIP, 7.8 BB/9, 11.3 K/9
Age 31

Tyler Thornburg
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 bWAR -0.2
Stats 0-0, 0 SV, 7.91 ERA, 18.2 IP, 1.66 WHIP, 4.8 BB/9, 10.6 K/9
Age 31

Adam Warren
San Diego Padres
2019 bWAR -0.2
Stats 4-1, 0 SV, 5.34 ERA, 28.2 IP, 1.40 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, 7.8 K/9
Age 32

Warren has a $2.5 million club option with a $500,000 buyout.

Matt Albers
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 bWAR -0.2
Stats 8-6, 4 SV, 5.13 ERA, 59.2 IP, 1.37 WHIP, 4.4 BB/9, 8.6 K/9
Age 37

Fernando Rodney
Washington Nationals
2019 bWAR -0.2
Stats 0-5, 2 SV, 5.66 ERA, 47.2 IP, 1.62 WHIP, 5.3 BB/9, 9.3 K/9
Age 43

Yoshihisa Hirano
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 bWAR -0.3
Stats 5-5, 1 SV, 4.75 ERA, 53 IP, 1.38 WHIP, 3.7 BB/9, 10.4 K/9
Age 36

Wily Peralta
Kansas City Royals
2019 bWAR -0.4
Stats 2-4, 2 SV, 5.80 ERA, 40.1 IP, 1.59 WHIP, 4.2 BB/9, 5.4 K/9
Age 30

Jeremy Jeffress
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 bWAR -0.5
Stats 3-4, 1 SV, 5.02 ERA, 52 IP, 1.37 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 8.0 K/9
Age 32

Seunghwan Oh
Colorado Rockies
2019 bWAR -0.6
Stats 3-1, 0 SV, 9.33 ERA, 18.1 IP, 1.91 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 7.9 K/9
Age 37

Trevor Rosenthal
New York Yankees
2019 bWAR -1.2
Stats 0-1, 0 SV, 13.50 ERA, 15.1 IP, 2.41 WHIP, 15.3 BB/9, 10.0 K/9
Age 29

David Hernandez
New York Yankees
2019 bWAR -1.9
Stats 2-5, 2 SV, 8.02 ERA, 42.2 IP, 1.71 WHIP, 4.2 BB/9, 11.2 K/9
Age 34


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steely3000
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I vote for Harris, but either Cishek or Kintzler will do. Cubs sure have a lot of FAs on this list.

WIN05
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I think you meant book the latter on Nate Jones.

Brett Ballantini
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correct, WIN (that was your idiot editor’s add) … wait, you don’t think Texas should commit $5 million to Nate Jones’ Amorphous Elbow?