White Sox sign RHP Felipe Paulino
Already deep in pitching - and still short on hitting - the White Sox added another arm Monday during the first day of baseball's winter meetings in Orlando.
The Sox signed right-hander Felipe Paulino to a one-year, $1.75-million contract, which includes a $4 million club option for 2015. Under terms of the agreement, Paulino gets $1.5 million nest season. On the option, the White Sox also hold a $250,000 buyout.
The 30-year-old Paulino was impressive in 2012 before having right elbow surgery. In 7 starts with Kansas City, Paulino was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. On July 3 of '12, he had ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder returned to the mound on June 11 and was 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA in 7 starts with Class AA Northwest Arkansas and AAA Omaha.
Paulino, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is 13-32 with a 4.93 ERA and 359 strikeouts in 385.1 innings in 93 career appearances (61 starts) with the Astros, Rockies and Royals.
The White Sox are likely to trade some of their pitching depth for needed upgrades at catcher, third base and possibly center field.