According to CBS’ Jon Heyman, the Chicago White Sox have signed Matt Albers to a minor league deal, and according to Daryl Van Schouwen, Albers will earn up to $1.5 million if he makes the major league team.
At age 32, Albers threw just 10 innings but sported a nice .90 ERA. In his last full season in 2013, he posted 3.14 ERA and a 3-1 record with the Cleveland Indians.
Albers has pitched well over the past three years including a 2.59 ERA and a 59% groundball rate.
In 2007, he was part of the trade that sent Miguel Tejada to the Baltimore Orioles. The White Sox will become his 6th team he has pitched for, including two stints with the Houston Astros.
The right-hander owns a career 25-31 record with a 4.42 ERA in nine major league years. Albers worked out for 12 total teams and the South Siders were one of five teams that made offers to him, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
The 32-year-old should be a welcomed addition to a pitching staff who had the third-worst ERA in the majors last year at (4.38).
With general manger Rick Hahn having already added closer David Robertson and left-handers Zach Duke and Dan Jennings, Albers will be expected to battle with in-house options Daniel Webb and Javy Guerra, and a familiar face in Jesse Crain, who is also on a minor-league contract for the final few spots in an upgraded bullpen.