September 28, 2021

White Sox acquire releiver Ryan Tepera in trade with Cubs

Just over four years ago, the White Sox and Cubs made a monster trade.

In full-blown rebuild mode, the Sox sent veteran starting pitcher Jose Quintana to the Cubs and got left fielder Eloy Jimenez and young starter Dylan Cease in return.

There was another crosstown swap Thursday.

While it lacks the overall impact of the Quintana for Jimenez/Cease deal, the White Sox did manage to address a need in the bullpen by acquiring Ryan Tepera from the Cubs in exchange for minor league pitcher Bailey Horn.

The 33-year-old Tepera is 0-2 with a 2.91 ERA, one save and 50 strikeouts over 43⅓ innings in 43 games this season.

“Ryan has been an extremely reliable bullpen arm this season and throughout his career,” Sox GM Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We are very pleased to add him to our talented and versatile group of relievers. Across his career with the Blue Jays and Cubs, Ryan has succeeded in a variety of situations and has the ability to get both lefties and righties out at very high rates.”

Tepera is 12-14 with a 3.54 ERA and 11 saves over 280 career relief appearances with the Cubs (202-21) and Toronto (2015-19).

To clear a spot for Tepera on the 40-man roster, the White Sox transferred reliever Evan Marshall (strained right flexor pronator) to the 60-day injured list.

Horn, the Sox’s fifth-round draft pick in 2020 out of Auburn, was a combined 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 14 games (10 starts) with high class A Winston-Salem and low A Kannapolis this season.