The Chicago White Sox have exercised their $4 million club option on reliever Matt Lindstrom for the 2014 season, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. If Chicago had decided to let the right-hander become a free agent by declining the option, they would have had to pay him a $500K buyout.
Lindstrom, 33, was 2-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 60.2 innings in 2013, onw of the best seasons of his major league career.
He drew significant trade interest from teams like the Red Sox before the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July, but the White Sox instead decided to trade relievers Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton as part of their midseason fire sale.
In seven major league seasons with the Marlins (2007-2009), Astros (2010), Rockies (2011), Orioles (2012), Diamondbacks (2012) and White Sox (2013), Lindstrom has posted a career 3.56 ERA, 7.2 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 386.2 innings over 434 relief appearances.
He signed a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the South Siders in January, and will earn significantly more in his second season with the team.