It's not up to Alex Colome whether he gets traded, but he's excited by what White Sox are building


It's not up to Alex Colome whether he's traded over the next 24 hours.

No White Sox player has popped up in more trade-deadline rumors than Colome, who's been pretty dominant in his first four months as the team's closer. Relief pitching is always in high demand at this time of year, even more so, perhaps, now that there's just one trade deadline and no waiver deals will happen during the month of August.

Colome, though, is different from the two closers the White Sox have traded at each of the last two deadlines. He's under team control for one more season after this one, and that could be a season in which the White Sox are ready to make the transition from rebuilding to contending. If Rick Hahn's front office does move Colome before 3 p.m. Wednesday, it will be trading a guy who could have served as the closer on a contending White Sox team.

That might make a Colome trade seem more unlikely, though contenders have gone all-in acquiring closers in the recent past, with the Cubs dealing infield prospect Gleyber Torres away for Aroldis Chapman in 2016 the most notable example. If Hahn gets an offer like that, well then that changes things.

But should the White Sox hold onto their closer, Colome won't be upset. In fact, like every veteran who's strolled through the White Sox clubhouse in the past few years, he's well aware of the level of talent in this organization. And he's excited to be a part of that, too, if that's what ends up happening.

"I like the way the coaches treat the players and how they work together," Colome said through team interpreter Billy Russo. "Then the second part is all the talent that this team has and how those young guys are starting to develop to the potential of the players that they can be."

Multiple reports have featured Colome's name in recent days, with the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies rumored to have interest in Colome or other White Sox bullpen arms.

Colome said he doesn't pay much attention to the trade rumors that consume the rest of the baseball world this time of year, but he did admit that being sought after — as well as being discussed as someone his current team might want to hang onto — is, in a way, flattering.

"It feels good because that makes you know you are doing your job, that you are doing what you are supposed to do and there’s a lot of people that appreciate that," said Colome, the owner of 21 saves and a 2.27 ERA. "That’s something that gives you more confidence or motivation to keep doing your job."

If anyone knows what it's like to be traded, it's Colome, who was sent from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Seattle Mariners during the season in 2018 and then was acquired by the White Sox in exchange for Omar Narvaez over the winter. That move seemed to be one that could either set the White Sox up with a All-Star caliber closer for the next two years or give them a very intriguing trade chip at the deadline. We'll find out which route Hahn & Co. take by Wednesday afternoon.

"I can’t tell you how I will react to that because I’m still here," Colome said, asked how he'd feel about getting traded. "I feel very good here. I know that this is a business, but I feel really good here, and I just try to control what I can control."

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