White Sox sign reliever Graveman to $24 million, 3-year deal

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox fortified their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing a $24 million, three-year contract with right-hander Kendall Graveman.

The 30-year-old Graveman is expected to pitch in front of All-Star closer Liam Hendriks, who had 38 saves and a 2.54 ERA in his first season with Chicago. The defending AL Central champions also have Craig Kimbrel, but he could be on the move after he faltered in a setup role with the White Sox.

After beginning his career as a starter, Graveman flourished while working out of the bullpen this year. He went 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA and his first 10 career saves in 53 games with Seattle and Houston.

“Kendall is a veteran who provides us with end-of-game bullpen depth and an ability to induce ground balls,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a release. “He’s a high-character guy and a great teammate who will fit well within our clubhouse and bullpen.”

Graveman also appeared in nine postseason games with Houston this year, allowing two earned runs in 11 innings.

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Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

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