Mike Pelfrey signs with the White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox have signed Mike Pelfrey to a minor league contract.

Pelfrey was just released by the Tigers, who still owe him $8 million on the two-year deal he signed in December of 2015. In the first year of that deal he posted a 5.07 ERA in 24 games, 22 of which came as a starter. Now he’ll report to Triple-A Charlotte and try to make it back to the bigs.

There are worse places for him to try to do that than the south side of Chicago. The Sox are rebuilding and rebuilding clubs need cannon fodder just as much as they need effective starters. With Carlos Rodon nursing a biceps injury, most of the future starters for the Sox too young to risk overworking and Jose Quintana on the trading block, there will likely be innings to be eaten at Guaranteed Rate Field before the the weather gets too hot.