There are a lot of former/sometimes closers on the market, and it seemed like the White Sox would be a good match for one of them, since they're a little thin on the right-handed side.
Rick Hahn found a favorite in Matt Lindstrom, according to Jon Heyman.
Lindstrom agrees to #chisox deal.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 19, 2013
Lindstrom gets 1 year plus club option for '14. Pending physical.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 19, 2013
Lindstrom used to be one of the hardest throwers in the game. Now he's simply a hard thrower, as his average fastball is almost 95 mph. He's spent almost all of his career in the National League, save a three-month stint with the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched well, but the Orioles had bullpen depth, and they needed rotation depth, and so they traded one for the other and used Lindstrom to acquire Joe Saunders from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Between the two teams, Lindstrom posted a 2.68 ERA over 47 innings, allowing 45 hits and 14 walks to 40 strikeouts. He went on the disabled list in May with a strained right middle finger stemming from his split-finger grip, which caused him to miss six weeks (update: it was later identified as a slight ligament tear). He also took a line drive off the inside of his left knee in July, but that didn't require a DL stint.
I figure you get a good idea of a player's worth when he's traded, so here's what Camden Chat had to say on their trade post:
- Instead, it's Lindstrom, who came over to the O's in the Guthrie trade and has been a nice part of the bullpen for the season,
- Lindstrom was a nice role player, I guess, but nothing we will miss or can’t easily replace.
- This is what happens when you give up a 2-run homer to Jeff Freaking Mathis -- You get your ass shipped out of town and out of the organization!
- I don’t think Lindstrom was anything special
- Thanks for a solid 2/3rds of a season Lindstrom and good luck to you.
That seems like what people would say about Brett Myers, except there doesn't appear to be a police report associated with Lindstrom. The Sox needed somebody to replace Myers. This seems like it will do.
The terms haven't been released, but it's worth noting that the Diamondbacks declined a $4 million option on Lindstrom after the season ... after trading for Heath Bell. It's hard to figure out why they would want the latter over the former.