Angels add bullpen help, sign Matt Lindstrom

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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.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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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.