The White Sox re-signed free agent RHP Matt Albers today to a one year deal. Although the Sox announced it as a one-year, $2.25-million contract, Albers will be getting $2 million for 2016 and a $3 million option for 2017 with a $250 thousand buyout.
Albers came to the Sox last season on a minor league deal with a spring training invite. In 30 games with the Sox, he put together a nice 1.21 ERA with a 3.48 FIP and 83 FIP- in 37⅓ innings pitched with 9 walks and 28 strikeouts.
Early in the season, Albers joined the Captains of Attitude in the brawl with the Kansas City Royals on April 23 last season. Unfortunately, broke his right pinky finger in the brawl. At the time, Albers had this to say about the injury.
"I think what they had said and the X-ray and stuff that it looked like it got jammed pretty bad," he said, "so I think that's how it happened. So it wasn't like a punch thrown or anything like that."
Albers returned from the DL on July 19. By the end of the season, he graduated to the end of the bullpen. He appeared in the eighth inning seven times while gathering six holds in the month of September.
With this signing, the 40-man roster moves to 39.