Once linked to Nats, Scott Downs signs with White Sox

Once linked to Nats, Scott Downs signs with White Sox
January 2, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Lefty relief pitcher Scott Downs - once linked to the Nationals in Hot Stove rumors - has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. Downs, 37, will make $4 million in 2014.

Downs will receive $3.75 million this season, the Associated Press says, and has a $4.25 million team option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout.

Reports surfaced in early December the Nats were interested in Downs, this before they pulled off a deal to acquire Jerry Blevins from the Oakland Athletics. Downs ended up signing for way more than the $1.1 million Blevins made in 2013, though the latter is arbitration eligible for next season.

Downs split 2013 with the Angels and Braves, compiling a 2.49 ERA across 68 total appearances. He was brilliant in L.A. with a 1.84 ERA in 43 games before a trade sent him to Atlanta where he struggled in comparison.

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The Nationals may not be done filling out their bullpen. They could also still use another lefty, depending on how you assess the crop they have, but Downs will not be that guy. Given the money they have Blevins for - and the fact he is probably better - makes $4 million seem like a lot for Downs.