Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – The Chicago White Sox is bringing back right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom to the team’s bullpen for 2014 by exercising their $4 million club option.
While Lindstrom, 33, adds a much-needed veteran presence to a young White Sox relief corps, general manager Rick Hahn emphasized that more important than his veteran element is how well he performs and his durability and fit for the White Sox ballpark.
“He excelled in keeping the ball on the ground, and that helps anyone survive in that ballpark,” Hahn added.
indstrom has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the last three seasons. His 185 appearances, 148 ERA+ and 3.3 WAR are all top 40 marks among all bullpeners since 2011.
He ranked second among American League relievers in double plays with 15.
Lindstrom posted a 2-4 record with a 3.12 ERA in 76 games during the 2013 season and finished with 20 holds and 46 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings.
He remained optimistic toward the White Sox despite the 99-loss debacle, feeling that the young players getting the experience would soon produce results.
“Not everybody just comes up to the big leagues and all of a sudden is a winner, especially when you are young,” said Lindstrom.
Lindstrom will fill a setup role in front of closer Addison Reed next season