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White Sox re-sign Matt Albers to 1-year, $2.25 million deal

The right-hander returns to Chicago on a 1-year pact with a club option.

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The White Sox have re-signed reliever Matt Albers to a 1-year, $2.25 million contract, according to's Ken Rosenthal. The deal includes a $3 million club option for 2017.

Albers was a hot commodity on the free-agent market this winter, drawing strong interest from many clubs, including the Mets. New York's recent signing of Antonio Bastardo to a 2-year deal likely took them out of the running for bullpen help, leading Albers to go back to Chicago for another season.

Albers, who turned 33 on Wednesday, posted a terrific 1.21 ERA in 37.1 innings out of the White Sox' bullpen last season after signing a minor-league deal with the club last February. He is a veteran of ten major-league seasons with the Astros (2006-07, 2014), Orioles (2008-10), Red Sox (2011-12), Diamondbacks (2012), Indians (2013), Astros (2014) and White Sox (2015), and is the owner of a lifetime 4.20 ERA in 394 appearances (23 starts).