Matt Lindstrom, who spent part of last season as the White Sox’s closer, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Angels that includes an invitation to spring training.
Lindstrom struggled and was hurt for a lot of last season, posting a 5.03 ERA in 34 innings overall, but the 35-year-old right-hander has a solid track record of quality setup man work.
Lindstrom has a 3.68 ERA in 421 career innings, including a 2.95 ERA and 122/51 K/BB ratio in 162 innings from 2011-2013. He seems like a good bet to crack the Opening Day roster.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.