White Sox officially sign lefty Scott Downs

White Sox officially sign lefty Scott Downs
January 2, 2014, 2:00 pm
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The White Sox completed a one-year deal worth $4 million with reliever Scott Downs on Thursday.

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The left-hander went 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 26 holds in 68 appearances last season.

Downs, 37, will earn $3.75 million this season and has a $250,000 buyout on a $4.25 million club option for 2015.

“Downs provides us with some balance to our bullpen and another veteran arm for Robin to call upon late in games,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn in a press release. “Scott's impact will not only be felt on the field, but given his makeup and leadership skills it will be felt in the clubhouse and bullpen as well.”

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The White Sox bullpen will feature a significantly different look in 2014. Since July, the White Sox have traded Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and closer Addison Reed.

But the White Sox have stabilized the bullpen with several veterans.

First, the club exercised its option on right-hander Matt Lindstrom. They also signed Downs, weeks after Ronald Belisario was given a one-year contract.

The White Sox designated left-hander Santos Rodriguez for assignment to make room for Downs on the 40-man roster.