The Chicago White Sox have exercised their 2014 team option on right-handed relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom. He will receive a base salary of $4 million next season instead of opting for a $500, 000 buyout.
The 33-year-old Lindstrom went 2-4 out of the bullpen with a 3.12 ERA (21 earned runs in 60 2/3 innings), and 46 strikeouts in 2013.
He signed as a free agent on Jan. 25 and was ranked second with 15 ground-ball double plays. His 76 appearances ranked third in the American League and tied for seventh-most in White Sox history, the most since Kelly Wunsch‘s 83 in 2000.
“Matt’s versatility, durability and fit for our ballpark were important factors in deciding to bring him back next season,” Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “We believe Matt will continue to play a key role in the structure of our bullpen in 2014.”
In his career, Lindstrom is 15-19 with 45 saves, 309 strikeouts, 142 walks and a 3.56 ERA in 434 career appearances over 386 2/3 innings with six teams over his seven-year career.