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White Sox, free agent starter Mike Clevinger agree to deal

The White Sox have agreed to a deal with starter Mike Clevinger in their first major offseason roster addition.

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Last week, White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz said, “Obviously, we need another starter. That right now is our base need from the pitching standpoint.”

Enter Mike Clevinger.

The White Sox have made their first major offseason roster addition, agreeing to a deal with Clevinger that is a pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

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The White Sox needed another arm to round out their rotation. Johnny Cueto proved to be a great pickup after signing days before Opening Day but is a free agent.

MORE: Sox face massive ‘void’ in rotation as free agency starts

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“Cueto gave us a good chunk of innings and pitched real well in them,” general manager Rick Hahn said at the GM Meetings this month. “So that’s a void right now.

“Finding a way to fill that would be good.

Clevinger, who turns 32 next month, returned this season after missing all of 2021 following Tommy John surgery. He finished with a 4.33 ERA and 1.198 WHIP in 23 games (22 starts), tallying 114 1/3 innings.

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He spent 2016-20 with the Guardians, posting a 3.20 ERA in 101 games (88 starts). Cleveland traded him to the Padres at the 2020 deadline.

Clevinger joins a rotation featuring Cy Young runner-up Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Michael Kopech and Lucas Giolito, with Davis Martin adding depth the group.

Lynn, after undergoing knee surgery before the season, finished strong. Kopech is recovering from knee surgery but is expected to be ready for spring training. Giolito is looking to bounce back in 2023 after one of the worst seasons in his career.

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