The White Sox officially solidified their bullpen Friday with the signing of right-hander Matt Lindstrom.
Lindstrom's deal will pay him 2.3 million this season and includes a 4 million club option for 2014 with a 500,000 buyout.
He went 1-0 with a 2.68 ERA in a combined 46 appearances for the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks last season.
Lindstrom has the ability to close out and finish games, a role White Sox GM Rick Hahn feels is critical. After he joined the Sox in July, Brett Myers, who Lindstrom is replacing, finished 12 of 35 games pitched.
"Matts addition helps solidify our bullpen with a power arm and a veteran presence, Hahn said in a release.
The deal was first reported by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.
Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.
“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”
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Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.
“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”
Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.
Tim Raines is headed to Cooperstown.
On Wednesday, the former White Sox outfielder was one of three elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Raines released a statement on Twitter minutes after the announcement:
Raines was so excited, he already switched his Twitter bio.