Reed had morphed into one of the premier closers in Major League Baseball in recent seasons but had some struggles last year. Fearing that could be more of a normal occurrence moving forward, the White Sox traded Reed out West to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
I still think Nate Jones is the clubhouse closer favorite.
There are other alternatives outside of Jones which include Daniel Webb or Matt Lindstrom. However, both Webb and Lindstrom will likely be better served in setup roles while Jones, thanks to his strikeout prone stuff, will thrive in the closer role (this assuming he can handle the pressure).
The 28-year-old fireballer struck out 89 batters in just 78 innings during the 2013 season.
It’s also possible the White Sox could attempt to go with a closer by committee approach, though that seems unlikely unless Jones struggles out of the gate.