Albers Signs Minor League Deal…
Just a few days before pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training in Arizona, the Chicago White Sox were busy yet again. In perhaps the busiest offseason of any team in the Majors this year — the South Siders added another reliever to their bullpen mix — Matt Albers.
A native of Houston, TX, Albers has appeared at the Major League level in parts of nine seasons since 2006. Originally drafted by his hometown Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 2001 draft, Albers has a career Major League record of 25-31 with a 4.42 ERA in 364 games.
Last season, Albers returned to the Astros and appeared in eight games out of the club’s ‘pen. In 10 innings pitched, he posted a 0.90 ERA along with eight strikeouts.
Going back to the previous two seasons (2012 and 2013), Albers has been sharp out of the bullpen for four different teams. The San Jacinto College product went 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 40 games for the Boston Red Sox in 2012. He also posted a 1-1 record with a 2.57 ERA in 23 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks that season.
A year later, the right-hander went 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 56 games for the Cleveland Indians. He finished a season-high 21 games for the Tribe that season.
Albers, 32, is one of 34 pitchers in White Sox camp this spring vying for a spot on the club’s 25-man roster.