Found November 01, 2013 on Grab Some Bench:
On Halloween morning, White Sox beat reporter for and friend of the site Scott Merkin reported that the team had exercised Matt Lindstrom's 2014 option. PHOTO via BALTIMORE SUN The White Sox's 2014 payroll won't exactly be breaking the bank, so $4M is not too steep of a price to pay for a well-established back-end of the 'pen guy like Lindstrom. In 2013, the 33 year-old Idaho native maintained a very solid 3.12 ERA with a 55.6% ground-ball rate. Though guys like Addison Reed and Nate Jones do now have plenty of big league experience under their belt, it's always good to have a rock-solid veteran down there in the 'pen with them. Plus, if the White Sox are once again not in contention, they could certainly move him to a contender for a mid-level prospect while not being tied down to any substantial financial obligations. Lindstrom will be 34 years old for the 2014 season.

White Sox pick up Lindstrom option, hire Steverson

The Chicago White Sox have exercised a club option for next season on reliever Matt Lindstrom and hired Todd Steverson as hitting coach. The moves were announced Thursday. The White Sox could have bought out Lindstrom for $500, 000. Instead, they'll pay him a base salary of $4 million. Lindstrom was 2-4 with a 3.12 ERA over 76 appearances last season after signing as a free...

Sox outright RHP Castro to Charlotte

The Chicago White Sox outrighted right-handed pitcher Simon Castro to Triple-A Charlotte, the team announced Friday. The 25-year-old Castro pitched in four games for the Sox in 2013 after making his major league debut on July 5. He posted an 0-1 record, a 2.70 ERA and six strikeouts.

White Sox agree to one-year deal with former Dodger Ronald Belisario

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with right-hander Ronald Belisario and are closing in on a $4 million, one-year deal with pitcher Scott Downs. Chicago announced the agreement with Belisario on Thursday. The talks with Downs were revealed by a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been...

Can MLB Busts Have Success In Japan?

The answer is a resounding yes! Have you been keeping up with baseball in Japan this past year? Me either. But since the baseball year is over I find myself needing something to scratch my itch. I took a look at Japan’s baseball stats for this past year and some of the names are familiar in the home run category. Lets look at the top 50 home run hitters from Japan 2013 and off...

White Sox, Cubs minor leaguers each suspended 50 games

Chicago White Sox minor league right-handed pitcher Nicholas Blount and Chicago Cubs minor league shortstop Elliot Soto were each suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. The suspensions are effective at the beginning of next season. Blount tested positive for an amphetamine. He is currently on the roster...

Shields stays with Royals, Lindstrom with WSox

With the World Series over, baseball's business season began Thursday as the Kansas City Royals exercised their option on pitcher James Shields and the Cleveland Indians jettisoned closer Chris Perez. There were 147 players who became free agents, a group that includes second baseman Robinson Cano; outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo and Curtis Granderson...
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