As expected, the White Sox and reliever Tony Pena agreed to a one-year contract on Monday, avoiding salary arbitration
The deal is worth $1.2 million.
With Scott Linebrink unable to get anybody out last season, GM Kenny Williams acquired Pena in a July 7 trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks for top prospect Brandon Allen.
Pena was shaky in July and August, allowing 11 earned runs in 22 innings. The 28-year-old righty settled down in September, allowing 4 earned runs in 15 innings.
Allen, meanwhile, played in 32 games for the Diamondbacks and had 4 home runs and 14 RBI. On the negative side, the 23-year-old first baseman batted .202, struck out 40 times in 104 at-bats and had a .284 on-base percentage.
Pena has a lively arm, and he should step in for Octavio Dotel this season and work the sixth, seventh and sometimes eighth innings.
John Danks is the Sox' final player eligible for salary arbitration. He turned down a four-year contract offer last spring, but look for the left-handed starter to get a similar offer before the end of spring training.