Aug 9, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Scott Downs (32) pitches in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Free Agency: Chicago White Sox make deal with reliever Scott Downs official


The Chicago White Sox and left handed reliever Scott Downs were able to agree on a deal back in December but nothing could be made official until after he passed his physical.

Well a couple weeks later and now the deal between the White Sox and Downs can be finalized. The contract will be a one year deal worth around $4 million with a $4.25 million club option for the 2015 season. An option that will more than likely be picked up.

The left handed veteran posted a 2.49 ERA in a 43 1/3 innings off work between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Atlanta Braves.

So with Downs in, the team has designated left handed pitcher Santos Rodriguez for assignment. Rodriguez psoted a 4.91 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 47 2/3 innings of work between Chicago’s Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. He could go unclaimed and end up back at the Triple-A level to start off 2014.

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