Sep 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Scott Downs (32) throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Free Agency: White Sox nearing deal with reliever Scott Downs

The Chicago White Sox are looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2013 season.

Right now they’re looking to add more to their offense and have been using some of their arms to do just that. They were able to sign one of the biggest Cuban defectors on the market in Jose Abreu.

But they were also able to bring back veteran first baseman Paul Konerko to the team after both sides tried to decide where he fit in with this clubs future plans. Anyways, the White Sox dealt their closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks the other day in exchange for third baseman Matt Davidson.

So with Reed gone, they need to bring someone in who can man the spot. While they search for a closer, they could be locking up a solid set up man in Scott Downs.

Downs could give the closer’s a role a shot, but in 12 seasons he has only recorded a total of 26 saves. Nine being a career high. He’s coming off a year where he put up a 2.49 ERA, 26 holds, 37 strike outs and 12 earned runs in 43 1/3 innings of work between both the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Atlanta Braves.

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