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White Sox sign Matt Albers

The White Sox added depth to their bullpen on Friday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with veteran right-hander Matt Albers, according to multiple reports.

Albers’ deal reportedly includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. He would earn a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes the team, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Albers, 32, was limited to eight games with the Astros last year because of a shoulder injury. When healthy, he’s been a solid reliever, posting a 2.63 ERA over the last three seasons with the Red Sox, D-backs, Indians and Astros.

The White Sox have made improving the bullpen a priority this offseason, adding free agents David Robertson and Zach Duke. Chicago’s relievers combined for a 4.38 ERA in 2014, which ranked 28th in the Majors.

–Austin Laymance

Blue Jays close to adding bullpen help

The Blue Jays could still use some help in the bullpen, as MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm writes, and the club is making progress on a contract with right-hander Ronald Belisario, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

While a deal with Belisario is not yet finished, he would appear to be a solid fit in Toronto.

Belisario, 32, has closing experience, but has been better in a middle relief role over a five-year career in the big leagues. He’s coming off a bit of a down season, though, after going 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances with the White Sox in 2014. Chicago designated him for assignment in November.

Belisario’s best season came in 2012 with the Dodgers, when he went 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 68 relief appearances covering 71 innings.

There are still a number of proven relievers available on the free-agent market, including Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano, Alexi Ogando and John Axford.

–Austin Laymance 

White Sox bring back Gordon Beckham

Gordon Beckham is back with the White Sox. The infielder has agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Beckham, the White Sox designated outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment.

Beckham, 28, was traded to the Angels last August after spending all of his career with Chicago. In 127 games between the two teams last season, he hit .226 with 27 doubles and nine home runs.

“Adding Gordon improves the depth and flexibility of our roster,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement released by the team. “We are thrilled to have him back. Like Emilio Bonifacio, Gordon brings the ability to play solid defense at multiple positions or play on an everyday basis should the need arise. This also gives Robin the ability to play matchups more effectively when setting the lineup.”

Beckham was a first-round pick by the White Sox in the 2008 Draft and made his Major League debut in ’09.

Viciedo hit .231 with 21 homers in 145 games with the White Sox last year.

-Austin Laymance

Geovany Soto to White Sox

The White Sox have signed catcher Geovany Soto to a Minor League deal, tweets Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago. It’s not clear if Soto has an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Soto, 32, appeared in 24 games last season, split between the Rangers and A’s. He was an All-Star in 2008 with the Cubs and has played parts of 10 seasons in the Majors.

The White Sox have four catchers on their 40-man roster: Tyler Flowers, Adrian Nieto, Rob Brantly and Kevan Smith.

–Austin Laymance

Belisario getting interest from multiple teams

The Red Sox, Nationals, Blue Jays and Rays have shown interest in free-agent reliever Ronald Belisario, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Belisario, 32, spent time as a closer for the White Sox in 2014 and recorded eight saves. The right-hander had a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances. The White Sox designated him for assignment in November.

The Red Sox are looking for a right-handed option to fill out their bullpen, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, so Belisario could be a fit in Boston. Meanwhile, the Nationals and Blue Jays have also shown interest in free-agent reliver Burke Badenhop.

–Austin Laymance

Report: Brad Penny signs with White Sox

Brad Penny is back in baseball. The veteran right-hander has agreed to a Minor League contract with the White Sox, according to multiple reports.

Penny, 36, finished the 2014 season with the Marlins, posting a 6.88 ERA over eight appearances (four starts) after signing with Miami in June. He was out of baseball in ’13.

Primarily a starter over a 14-year career in the Majors, Penny pitched exclusively out of the bullpen with the Giants in 2012. It’s unclear if the White Sox will give him a look as a starter. Penny has a lifetime 4.29 ERA and has won 121 games since debuting with the Marlins in 2000.

Chicago’s current rotation includes Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, Jose Quintana, John Danks and Hector Noesi.

–Austin Laymance

White Sox deal Rienzo to Marlins for Jennings

The White Sox and Marlins exchanged a pair of pitchers Thursday, with right-hander Andre Rienzo going to Miami and lefty reliever Dan Jennings heading to Chicago.

The 27-year-old Jennings is the latest in a line of moves — following the free-agent signings of Zach Duke and David Robertson — that fortifies Chicago’s bullpen. Last season, Jennings posted a 1.34 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 47 relief appearances, 38 of which were scoreless.

“We are pleased to add a pitcher like Dan to our restructured bullpen,” White Sox senior vice president and general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He provides our bullpen with more depth and gives [manager Robin Ventura] another viable left-handed option.”

The 26-year-old Rienzo was 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA in 18 games (11 starts) for the White Sox last season. He has a 38-30 career Minor League record and 3.51 ERA over eight seasons in Chicago’s farm system.

–Cash Kruth

Red Sox extend one-year offer to Masterson

The Red Sox have reportedly extended a one-year offer to free agent right-hander Justin Masterson, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox are pursuing Masterson as a potential starter, not a relief option. That said, they are certainly not alone in their pursuit. It was reported on Monday by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that the Rangers also have an offer in to Masterson, while a number of other teams, including the Marlins, White Sox, Royals, Giants, Cubs, Tigers, Indians and Twins are all known to have interest as well.

Teams are banking on a bounceback year for Masterson, who is coming off a season in which he posted an unsightly 5.88 ERA over 28 injury-hampered outings (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals. Now seemingly healthy, teams are hoping to find a bargain with a one- or two-year deal for the 29-year-old righty.

— Paul Casella

Masterson garnering significant interest

Free agent right-hander Justin Masterson has already met with the Red Sox and is expected to hold meetings with the Marlins, White Sox and possibly Cubs during this week’s Winter Meetings, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. At least three other teams — the Royals, Giants and Twins — have displayed varying amounts of interest in Masterson.

Masterson, who will turn 30 next March, is coming off a diastrous, injury-plagued season in which he went 7-9 with an unsightly 5.88 ERA over 28 combined outings (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals. The righty, however, was the Indians’ ace in 2013, making his first All-Star appearance while racking up a 14-10 record to go with a 3.45 ERA.

Now seemingly healthy, Masterson could be a legitimate bounceback candidate. It’s with that in mind that teams are hoping to find a bargain with what is likely to be a one- or two-year deal.

Masterson was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and broke into the big leagues with Boston in 2008. He pitched one-and-a-half seasons for the Sox before being traded to the Indians at the 2009 Trade Deadline. Given that history, Masterson is familiar with current Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer from those days together in Boston.

The Cubs, however, have reportedly signed free agent Jason Hammel and remain focused on landing Jon Lester, who’s expected to announce a decision no later than Tuesday. The actual market for Masterson, like any pitcher still on the market, should become more clear once Lester announces his decision.

— Paul Casella

Reports: Blue Jays interested in Duquette, Williams for president/CEO job

The owners of the Blue Jays are searching for a replacement for longtime president and CEO Paul Beeston, according to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney, and they have discussed filling that position with Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette or White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams.

Beeston became the Jays’ first employee in 1976 and their president and CEO in ’89, leaving for a job in the Commissioner’s Office in ’97 but returning in 2008.

Duquette, who has helped to turn around the Orioles since being hired in November 2011, has won multiple Executive of the Year awards this winter. He’s under contract with Baltimore through 2018, so the club would not have to let him go, or could ask for significant compensation if it does. However, Duquette is a “top candidate” for the job, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

The White Sox promoted Williams from general manager to executive vice president after the 2012 season, with Rick Hahn taking over as GM. The club is “balking” at allowing the Blue Jays permission to speak to Williams about the position, according to Rosenthal, who reports that Williams is considering resigning.

“I’m focused on helping the White Sox win another championship,” Williams told Rosenthal. “I’ve considered all options as anyone would given the set of circumstances.”

— Andrew Simon

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