Report: White Sox to sign reliever Lindstrom

Report: White Sox to sign reliever Lindstrom
January 20, 2013, 12:15 am
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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.