The Angels have added depth to their bullpen, signing Matt Lindstrom to a minor-league deal, with an invite to Spring Training, according to the Angels Public Relations twitter account:
Today, the #Angels have agreed to terms with RHP Matt Lindstrom on a minor league contract with a Major League Spring Training invitation.
— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) February 17, 2015
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that Lindstrom will make a base salary of $1 million dollars if he makes the Angels roster.
Matt lindstrom will make $1M base, assuming he makes angels
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 18, 2015
Lindstrom spent part of last season as the Chicago White Sox’s closer. In his first six appearances, he recorded six saves with a 3.32 ERA.
Unfortunately, the 35-year-old right-hander suffered a subluxed tendon, which caused him to miss three months of the season on the disabled list.
When Lindstrom came off the D.L., he struggled mightily. He had a 7.20 ERA in 16 appearances allowing 12 runs in 15 innings.
Despite a rough 2014 season filled with injuries, from 2011-2013 he proved to a pretty effective late inning reliever for the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Orioles, and White Sox.
He put up a combined 2.58 ERA, and a 51% ground ball rate. With the way baseball is now, teams can never have to much bullpen help.
Don’t expect Lindstrom to be in the closer’s role for the Angels because they already have Houston Street, but he could make an impact in the ‘pen for 2015.