Contenders looking to pick up an extra left handed arm out of the bullpen will soon have a new veteran option to consider. Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox have designated lefty Scott Downs for assignment, giving them ten days to send him down or release him.
The 38-year-old Downs didn’t exactly get it done this year for Chicago, posting an 0-2 record with a 6.08 ERA in 38 appearances. Downs was signed to a one-year $4 million deal in January with a $4.25 million club option for 2015.
The option means that if the White Sox cut Downs, which they certainly will, there will be some kind of buy out involved.
The numbers aren’t pretty on Downs but you figure some contender will still give him a look. There is always a place for veteran lefties.
Downs has been effective in late relief in the recent past, posting a 2.49 ERA in 68 appearances for the Angels and Braves in 2013. One thing you won’t get with Downs is postseason experience. Despite 13 years in the majors, he has yet to pitch in a playoff game.
That’s a reason for Downs to hang on at least through this season.