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Albers added on minor-league deal

CHICAGO -- One week before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the Chicago White Sox continue to look for potential bullpen pieces, signing free agent right-hander Matt Albers on Friday to a minor-league deal.

Albers, 32, missed all but eight games for the Houston Astros last season because of shoulder issues. The White Sox were one of a number of teams that scouted his latest workout this week and deemed the nine-year major league veteran worthy of an opportunity.

Over the last three seasons, the ground-ball specialist has pitched for four teams. Albers posted a 2.39 ERA over 63 outings in 2012 with both the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2013, he delivered a 3.14 ERA in 56 outings with the Cleveland Indians, and had a 0.90 ERA for the Astros in limited duty last year.

The deal was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The Houston Chronicle reported that Albers will make $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster.