Crick, 28, posted a 4.44 ERA, 19.6 K% and 17.8 BB% in 24 1/3 innings this year, though he was able to avoid allowing any home runs. Crick worked at 92.6 miles per hour this year, up from 2020, but well down from his 95-96 days of 2017-19. The Pirates designated Crick for assignment and ultimately released him earlier this month.
Crick was drafted 49th overall out of high school back in 2011 by the Giants as compensation for the loss of free agent Juan Uribe, luring him away from TCU. Crick was viewed as a potential frontline starter back then. Never able to work out his control issues, by 2017 Crick was permanently moved to the bullpen. In January 2018, the Giants traded Crick and Bryan Reynolds to the Pirates for Andrew McCutchen. Crick had success for the ’18 Pirates as a setup man, but he hit the IL for triceps tightness in April 2019. At the end of that season, Crick underwent surgery on his right index finger after a fight with Felipe Vazquez, after Crick refused to turn off his music. He dealt with shoulder and lat strains last year, making only seven appearances. Crick then landed on the COVID-IL to start this season, and dealt with a triceps strain back in May.
If the White Sox add Crick to the 40-man roster, they’ll be able to control him beyond this year as an arbitration eligible player. The Sox recently added Ryan Tepera in a trade with the Cubs, who will join Liam Hendriks, Ryan Burr, Garrett Crochet, and Michael Kopech in high-leverage situations.