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White Sox sign Jeanmar Gomez to minor-league deal

The former Phillies closer will attend White Sox camp as a non-roster invitee.

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The White Sox have signed right-handed reliever Jeanmar Gomez to a minor-league contract, as our Chris Cotillo first reported on Wednesday.

Gomez, 29, is just one season removed from a solid 2016 campaign during which he collected 37 saves and finished 59 games, though he posted a 4.85 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 70 appearances. He had a disastrous 2017, posting a 7.25 ERA and 1.70 WHIP over his first 18 appearances with the Phillies before being released by Philadelphia in late June. He spent time in both the Brewers’ and Mariners’ minor-league systems for the remainder of the season and pitched well, posting a 1.80 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP through 13 appearances, but he didn’t reach the majors again.

Gomez, who has a 4.39 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, 321 strikeouts, and 168 walks over 515 career major-league innings, will compete with pitchers like Xavier Cedeno, Rob Scahill, and Dylan Covey for spots in a White Sox bullpen that is likely to feature Joakim Soria, Luis Avilan, and Nate Jones in late-inning roles.