White Sox general manager Ken Williams said that Brett Myers was acquired for bullpen depth, not to replace Addison Reed as the closer, despite his valuable experience in that role.
“He’s going to join the bullpen. Ultimately, the ninth inning is [manager] Robin Ventura’s call,” said Williams, who pulled off his second key trade in four weeks by acquiring the 31-year-old Myers on Saturday from the Houston Astros for two prospects and a player to be named later. Dylan Axelrod was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte.
Reed, a rookie who has 15 saves in 18 chances with a 4.24 ERA, still has the closer’s job, Ventura said. But that’s subject to change.