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White Sox agree to terms with Matt Albers

Matt Albers pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 7, 2015. (Getty Images)

The White Sox are bringing back one of their most effective relief pitchers from 2015 in right-hander Matt Albers, who agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.25-million contract with a club option for 2017. Albers will receive $2 million in 2016, while the Sox hold a $3-million option for 2017 with a $250,000 buyout.

Albers, 33, went 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 37 1/3 innings during his first season with the Sox after making the Opening Day roster as a non-roster invitee to spring training. He was on the disabled list from April 20-July 15 with a broken right pinky finger, a freak accident suffered during the Sox’ bench-clearing brawl with the Kansas City Royals.

Albers posted a 1.14 ERA in the second half, the lowest mark in the American League among relief pitchers, and became a late-inning option for manager Robin Ventura. He pitched 22 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings over his final 20 appearances, the fourth-longest streak in the AL during the 2015 season.

The Sox bullpen appears to shape up well as currently comprised with right-handed closer David Robertson, right-handers Nate Jones, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam and Albers and left-handers Zach Duke and Dan Jennings. Daniel Webb will also compete for a job during spring training, and the Sox traded for 26-year-old right-hander Tommy Kahnle in November. Kahnle (4.86 ERA) averaged 10.5 strikeouts over nine innings last season.

Kahnle, 26, went 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA (18 ER/33.1 IP), two saves, three holds and 39 strikeouts with Colorado in 2015, averaging 10.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings while recording two saves in 2015.

Albers owns a 4.20 ERA with 389 strikeouts in 394 career games over 10 seasons with Houston (2006-07, ‘14), Baltimore (2008-10), Boston (2011-12), Arizona (2012), Cleveland (2013) and the Sox (2015). His ERA is 2.32 over the last four seasons.