The only thing better than having one All-Star closer is having two. The White Sox acquired their second one on Friday when they traded Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer to the Cubs for Craig Kimbrel.
Kimbrel joins Liam Hendriks to form a dynamic duo at the back end of games.
"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.
"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 when October gets here."