Report: White Sox to sign reliever Lindstrom


Report: White Sox to sign reliever Lindstrom

The White Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with reliever Matt Lindstrom on Saturday, according to a media report.

Lindstrom was 1-0 with a 2.68 ERA in 46 appearances last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Baltimore Orioles. The deal, which is pending a physical according to CBS Sports Jon Heyman, is for one season and includes a club option for 2014.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has noted all offseason the club would like to add another reliever to fill the role previously held by Brett Myers, who departed via free agency. After he came to the White Sox in a July trade, Myers had a 3.12 ERA in 35 games pitched. He finished 12 games and gave the White Sox a potential backup closer in case rookie Addison Reed struggled down the stretch.

Lindstrom has 45 saves in six seasons and has a career 3.64 ERA, which would be significantly lower had he not struggled in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The right-hander has had an ERA of 3.14 or lower in four of six seasons.

Lindstrom began last season with the Baltimore Orioles and was traded to Arizona right before the White Sox traveled to the Charm City on Aug. 26 in a deal that brought back Joe Saunders in exchange. He has also pitched for the Florida Marlins, Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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