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.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.