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White Sox sign Matt Albers to minor-league deal

The righty will compete for a bullpen spot in spring training.

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The White Sox have added reliever Matt Albers on a minor-league contract, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. As Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reported, the deal will pay Albers $1.5 million if he makes the major-league roster.

Albers, 32, missed most of last season with shoulder issues, appearing in only eight games with the Astros after signing with Houston last offseason. He joins Jesse Crain and Brad Penny as veteran additions to Chicago's pitching staff, and will likely compete for a spot in the team's bullpen during spring training. Albers recently worked out for more than ten teams, hitting 91 mph on the radar gun and receiving multiple contract offers as a result.

In nine major-league seasons with the Astros (2006-2007, 2014), Orioles (2008-2010), Red Sox (2011-2012), Diamondbacks (2012), and Indians (2013), Albers is the owner of a career 4.42 ERA in 364 appearances. He projects as a middle-reliever for the White Sox in front of new closer David Robertson.