What appeared to be a young bullpen heading into spring training, has now taken on more of a veteran presence for the Chicago White Sox. They have already signed Ronald Belisario from the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Scott Downs from the Atlanta Braves. Yesterday they announced they had signed another player, Mitchell Boggs, who signed for one year at $1.1 million.
Boggs appeared in a total of 27 games for both the St. Louis Cardinals, and Colorado Rockies last year. He spent part of last year as the Cardinals’ closer after their regular one, Jason Motte, was lost for the year after an elbow injury. However, Boggs struggled in that role and was sent down to Triple AAA a couple of times, then was traded to the Rockies. He threw the ball better in Colorado, but was not offered a contract for 2014 making him a free agent.
The Cardinals drafted him out of the University of Georgia after he helped lead them to the 2004 College World Series. He made his big league debut in 2008, and after bouncing back and forth between the minors and the big club for a couple of years, he was a big leaguer for good in 2010. His best season was in 2012, in which he served as Motte’s setup man, and led the National League in holds with 34, while posting an ERA of 2.21 to go along with four wins, and one loss.
If he can recapture what he did two years ago, the South-siders will have found a bargain. Here’s hoping that he does.