White Sox sign Felipe Paulino

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Felipe Paulino, who missed most of 2012 and all of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery and also underwent shoulder surgery two months ago, has agreed to a one-year deal with the White Sox.

Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Paulino will get $1.75 million and the White Sox have a $4 million option or $250,000 buyout for 2015.

Prior to all the injuries Paulino had found some success with the Royals after years of struggling despite a mid-90s fastball, throwing 162 innings with a 3.55 ERA and 158 strikeouts for Kansas City. He has experience as a starter and reliever, so his role will likely depend on the health of his arm and whether the White Sox trade someone from their current rotation.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.