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White Sox sign Kinney, Lindsay to minor league deals

Jan 9, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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A couple of minor transactions here, via ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla.

The White Sox have inked right-handers Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay to minor league contracts and have invited both to spring training.

Kinney began his career in the independent leagues, then broke into the majors in 2006 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 25 innings as the Cardinals won the World Series.  Tommy John surgery derailed his career for a few seasons after that, but he registered a 1.80 ERA, 51/17 K/BB ratio and 0.98 WHIP over 60 frames last year at Triple-A Memphis and could find his way into Chicago’s bullpen with a strong showing at spring training.

Lindsay is a 25-year-old native of Australia.  He has yet to reach the major leagues and is probably going to begin the 2011 season at Triple-A Charlotte.  2010 saw him post an ugly 5.80 ERA and 2.11 WHIP across 40.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

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