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Nate Jones
Birthdate: 1/28/1986 (31 y, 2 m, 2 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-5/185     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 25, Overall: 179, Team: Chicago White Sox
Contract: $8M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018) + 3 Option Years
RotoWire News: Jones struck out two in a perfect inning of relief Sunday against San Francisco. (3/26/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Jones is coming off an absolutely fantastic age-30 season with the White Sox, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The flamethrower posted career-best marks in ERA and WHIP and cut his walk rate by more than a full walk per nine over his career rate. The payoff for Jones can come if the White Sox trade David Robertson, which seems rather likely at some point this year considering their commitment to a rebuild and the seeming lack of a need for the team to have a high-priced closer in the near future. That could mean Jones taking the closer's role if Robertson is traded but also could mean Jones being moved to a team looking for late-inning help as well. Since he's entering his age-31 season — and is signed through up to 2021 at a reasonable price — he could fetch an impressive return on the trade market as well. As of right now, he'd be a decent option in holds leagues — alas, there may not be many leads to hold — and is a stealth closer candidate. Monitor the situation around him closely this spring. (@Brandon_Warne)

The Quick Opinion: Jones had a phenomenal 2016 season and is the closer-in-waiting in Chicago - if that situation ever materializes. If he were to be traded, he could be a very, very good closing option for someone.

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