Future uncertain, Lindstrom wants to return

Future uncertain, Lindstrom wants to return

Future uncertain, Lindstrom wants to return

CHICAGO -- Reliever Matt Lindstrom, who the White Sox hold a $4 million option or $500,000 buyout for in 2014, is in a holding pattern, like many other players on the current roster. But the veteran right-hander would like to return, reiterating a sentiment he has stated a couple of times previously.

"It would be nice to be a part of this team next year," Lindstrom said. "Showing the fans, showing ourselves, showing a lot of other people that we are a lot better than what we've shown on the field this year."

Lindstrom ranks second among American League relievers in double plays induced at 15 and third in appearances at 76 as of Sunday. He entered Sunday with a 3.12 ERA and would be a valuable veteran late-inning presence among the young relievers.

The White Sox have to decide if they want to pay $4 million for a reliever used in the seventh and eighth innings.

"I would like to be part of that process of putting a winning team on the field next year," Lindstrom said. "I'm not really sure what direction they are going to go.

"They have a lot of good young arms, and they might go with those guys. I'm prepared to deal with whatever comes my way, as I have in years past. But I see a lot of good young talent in this clubhouse. It will be fun to be a part of that."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.