CHICAGO ( Associated Press) – The White Sox and right-hander Mike Clevinger have agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract, the Chicago team announced Sunday.
Clevinger will earn $8 million in 2023 and the contract has a mutual option for a $12 million extension through 2024 that includes a $4 million buyout clause.
The 31-year-old pitcher was 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, 22 of them starts for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Chicago looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it posted an 81-81 record and finished 11 games behind Cleveland, which pulled off an upset for the AL Central crown. Hall of Famer manager Tony La Russa resigned in October and Pedro Grifol was hired to replace him on November 1.
The White Sox got some good help this year from Johnny Cueto, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 games. Clevinger is part of a rotation that will likely include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.
Clevinger, who signed in the AL Central after making his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016, returns. He went 42–22 with a 3.20 ERA over four seasons with Cleveland before being traded to San Diego in August in a deal that included several players. 2020.
Clevinger is 51–30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career major league games. He also scored 694 runs in 656 2/3 innings.