White Sox add Matt Lindstrom

Updated: January 25, 2013, 4:28 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The first day of SoxFest kicked off with the announcement Friday that the club has come to terms with reliever Matt Lindstrom.

The move was first reported nearly a week ago but was pending a physical, which Lindstrom passed Friday morning.

The one-year, $2.8 million deal includes a club option for the 2014 season. Lindstrom will earn $2.3 million for the upcoming season, with the buyout worth $500,000.

The hard-throwing right-hander bolsters a bullpen that has closer Addison Reed, backed up by Jesse Crain, Nate Jones, Matt Thornton and now Lindstrom to go along with the rest of the supporting cast.

Lindstrom, 32, was 1-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 46 games with both the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He posted a 0.37 ERA in home games last season, and he was one of just 15 pitchers to appear in at least 45 games without suffering a loss. The former 10th-round draft pick in 2002 has played with five teams (Marlins, Astros, Rockies, Orioles and Diamondbacks), posting a career 3.64 ERA with 45 saves.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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