White Sox agree to terms with LHP Downs

The Associated Press
White Sox agree to terms with LHP Downs
Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Scott Downs pitches during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. The Phillies win 6-5. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox and veteran left-handed reliever Scott Downs have agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million contract.

The 37-year-old Downs was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 26 holds in 68 appearances last season between the Angels and Atlanta. In 12 major league seasons, he is 38-36 with a 3.48 ERA, 550 strikeouts and 166 holds in 564 games (50 starts).

Downs registered a career-best 1.34 ERA with Los Angeles in 2011.

The deal, announced Thursday, includes a $4.25 million club option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout. The team said Downs will receive $3.75 million in 2014.

To make room for Downs on the 40-man roster, the White Sox designated left-hander Santos Rodriguez for assignment.