CHICAGO -- The most consistent 2015 White Sox reliever has returned to the team for '16 and possibly beyond with the Thursday announcement of a new deal reached with right-hander Matt Albers. The two sides agreed on a one-year, $2.25 million contract, with a club option for 2017.
Albers, 33, receives $2 million in '16, while the White Sox have a $3 million option for '17 with a $250,000 buyout.
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In his first year with the White Sox, Albers posted a 2-0 record with a 1.21 ERA. He held opponents to a .228 average, including a .200 average against right-handers (17-for-85). Albers was on the disabled list from April 20-July 15 with a broken right pinkie finger that required surgery, suffered as an off-shoot of a benches-clearing incident between the White Sox and Royals on April 23 in Chicago.
His 1.14 ERA in the season's second half, with four earned runs allowed over 31 2/3 innings, stood as the lowest mark in the American League among relievers. Albers hurled 22 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings over his final 20 appearances, the fourth-longest AL streak during the '15 season.
The addition of Albers pushes the White Sox 40-man roster to 39. It also strengthens the bullpen, with Albers working with pitchers such as Nate Jones, Zach Duke, Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam in the setup role to get the ball from the starting pitcher to closer David Robertson.
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