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White Sox pick Matt Lindstrom as closer

Mar 31, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Throughout spring training the widely held assumption was that the White Sox would use Nate Jones as their closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks, but manager Robin Ventura avoided making any sort of official announcement and now we know why: Matt Lindstrom is going to be Chicago’s closer.

Jones is probably the better pitcher, but Lindstrom isn’t bad either and has some previous closing experience for the Marlins in 2009 and Astros in 2010. He has 45 career saves, along with a 3.56 ERA, and last season Lindstrom logged 61 innings with a 3.12 ERA and 46/23 K/BB ratio for the White Sox.

These things aren’t set in stone, of course, and odds are Jones will get a crack in the closer role at some point. But for now Ventura will go with the 34-year-old veteran and use Jones in key spots that don’t involve a lead of 1-3 runs in the ninth inning. Depending on specifically how Ventura uses him, that could actually be a more valuable role.

  1. gonderfan - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    This could be the last piece of the puzzle; we are on the way up! Or maybe not. What do all we White Sox fans think?; let the thumbs fly. (I am thinking we may need a 3rd thumb-direction here.)

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