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White Sox sign Hector Santiago to minor-league deal

The lefty returns to the team with whom he started his major-league career.

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The White Sox have signed lefty Hector Santiago to a minor-league deal with a spring training invite, according to a team announcement.

Santiago, who turned 30 this winter, broke into the majors with the ChiSox in 2011 and made 78 appearances for the club before being traded to the Angels before the 2014 season. He will provide a veteran arm behind James Shields, Miguel Gonzalez and youngsters Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer for Chicago, giving the club an experienced option if any of the three prospects are not deemed ready.

Santiago spent the 2017 season with Minnesota, working to a 5.63 ERA and 6.02 FIP in 70.1 innings. He was ineffective in his year and a half with the Twins after being acquired in a 2016 deadline deal, but was an All-Star in 2015 for the Angels and owned a 4.25 ERA at the time of the trade in 2016.

Santiago owns a career 4.00 ERA in 785 major-league innings over seven seasons, with his best campaign coming in 2015. He was originally drafted by the White Sox in the 30th round of the 2006 draft.