Sox sign former Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter February 7, 2014 6:20PM
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Updated: February 7, 2014 10:49PM
The White Sox agreed to terms Friday on a one-year, $1.1 million deal with right-hander Mitchell Boggs, a proven reliever with postseason experience who fell on difficult times in 2013.
The 6-4, 235-pound Boggs, who will be 30 this season, had a good three-year run with the Cardinals as a setup man before control problems in 2013 sent him bouncing around with the Cardinals, Rockies and three minor-league teams.
Boggs posted a 3.08 ERA between 2010 and 12 with the Cardinals, including a 2.21 ERA in 731/3 innings in 2012, tying a franchise record for innings by a right-handed reliever. He was given a chance to be the closer when Jason Motte went on the disabled list early last season, struggled and was traded to the Rockies on July 8. He posted an 8.10 ERA in 231/3 innings between the Cardinals and Rockies. He did finish on a better note, allowing three runs in 82/3 innings in September.
Boggs will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, a key reason he was appealing to the Sox. The Mets, Phillies, Indians, Mariners and Cubs were among the other teams rumored to be interested in Boggs after he was non-tendered by the Rockies.
With 17 postseason appearances with the Cardinals (he was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 161/3 innings), Boggs joins Ronald Belisario and Scott Downs among the group of newly acquired, experienced pitchers in the Sox’ bullpen, which lost closer Addison Reed in a trade for third-base prospect Matt Davidson in December and Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton in trades last July.
To make room for Boggs on the 40-man roster, the Sox outrighted right-hander Deunte Heath to Class AAA Charlotte. Heath will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee.