White Sox deal with lefty Scott Downs pending a physical

White Sox deal with lefty Scott Downs pending a physical
December 19, 2013, 11:00 am
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Left-handed pitcher Scott Downs is close to a deal with the White Sox.

The deal is pending a physical.

Downs went 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 68 games last season for the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves.

The White Sox had been without a veteran lefty in the bullpen since they traded Matt Thornton to the Boston Red Sox last July. Thornton signed a two-year deal with the New York Yankees earlier this week.

Downs, 37, has a 3.48 ERA in 548 career appearances.

He is set to earn $4 million this season and has a vesting option for $4 million in 2015. The deal vests if Downs pitches his normal workload, per Ken Rosenthal.

Fox Sports 1 first reported the deal.