Albers signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the White Sox on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Albers was with the White Sox last season, but elected for free agency following the conclusion of the World Series. The 33-year-old was very effective out of the bullpen last season, producing an excellent 1.21 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. While his K/9 was an unspectacular 6.8 and he sits in the low-90s with his fastball, he kept the ball on the ground consistently and stranded 94.6% of baserunners. Albers should garner a decent role in the White Sox bullpen after his strong showing last season.
Albers filed for free agency Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Albers was one of four White Sox to file for free agency following the conclusion of the World Series on Sunday. Albers quietly put up a solid season after returning from a finger injury in mid-July, failing to yield a run over the season's final two months. He may never close, but he can be a valuable short-inning cog in a bullpen.
White Sox reliever Matt Albers was credited with his third hold of the season in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Indians, getting one out on a strikeout in the eighth inning. The veteran reliever extended his streak of not surrendering an earned run to 21 2/3 innings. Albers has provided stalwart relief for the White Sox over 35 innings of work this season, despite missing two full months with a broken finger earlier in the campaign.
White Sox reliever Matt Albers (finger) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday. He had been on a rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, going 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA in eight outings. He struck out nine and walked one in 11 2/3 innings.
White Sox pitcher Matt Albers has impressed in eight rehab appearances at Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Albers is on the disabled list with a fractured finger. On rehab, he's had six scoreless outings in his eight games. In the last two games, he's struck out five batters in four scoreless innings. "He's continuing to climb and he'll probably have another outing there and then be close to activation," general manager Rick Hahn said, per CSN Chicago.