2018 Outlook: After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, Jones' 2017 campaign was cut short via surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his throwing arm. Prior to the setback, Jones was recapturing the form he displayed in 2016, when he was one of the better setup men in the league. Before the arm injuries, Jones required back surgery, so even if he pitches well in the spring, he's a risky long-term investment, especially at 32 years old. The White Sox signed Joakim Soria to close, but ostensibly to build up trade value to help their rebuilding efforts. If Jones reestablishes himself as an effective setup man, he could inherit the ninth-inning duties during the second half.
2018 Outlook: Stop groaning -- Soria is a decent option for those unwilling to pay market rates for the top closers. For starters, it's hard to believe the White Sox signed him for any reason but to close. Sure, the club won't generate a plethora of ninth-inning chances, but for the cost, 25 or 30 saves is acceptable. The key is that those saves shouldn't come with as much baggage as other lower-tier options. Soria's ERA has been inconsistent, but his skills are generally solid, though his walk rate has been trending up. He usually fans more than a hitter per inning while a high groundball rate helps limit home runs. That said, allowing only one homer in 56 frames last season was rather fortunate, so expect that to climb, especially with Guaranteed Rate Field as his home park. The main concern with Soria is the possibility of being traded into a setup role. Still, with the turnover rate at the position, there's nothing wrong with embracing the draft-day discount and worrying about finding another source of saves later.
2018 Outlook: Effectively the last man standing in the Chicago bullpen following last July's David Robertson/Tommy Kahnle trade, Minaya got a look as the team's closer, going 9-for-10 in save chances with a 3.98 ERA and 24.1 percent strikeout rate in the season's final two months. Unfortunately, without the promise of either saves or holds -- the latter of which is the more likely to begin 2018 following the team's acquisition of Joakim Soria -- Minaya doesn't offer enough in terms of either ERA or WHIP for fantasy relevance. His high walk and fly-ball rates leave him susceptible to untimely implosions. He's merely a speculative save-getter for AL-only managers to stash.