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Scott Downs near an agreement to join the White Sox

Dec 19, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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Jon Morosi reports that the White Sox are near an agreement with free agent reliever Scott Downs. Rosenthal says it’s a one-year deal for $4 million, with a vesting option that could make it two-years, $8 million.

Downs, most recently with Atlanta, is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.49 ERA and 37/19 K/BB ratio in 43 innings between the Angels and the Braves. Atlanta left him off their postseason roster, but given that Atlanta also didn’t use their best reliever in the highest-leverage moment the team faced all season this is not necessarily a reflection on Downs’ merits.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Nice signing. I have liked Downs since he pitched for The Jays.

  2. karlkolchak - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    “Atlanta also didn’t use their best reliever in the highest-leverage moment the team faced all season this is not necessarily a reflection on Downs’ merits.”

    You mad, bro?

  3. chipperforever - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Pretty sure Downs had some sort of hand injury, which is why he was ultimately left off of the roster.

  4. straightouttavtown - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Great hope he gets a chance to start again.

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