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Matt Albers | Relief Pitcher | #71

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: San Jacinto (TX) JC
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 23 (0) / HOU
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Nationals signed RHP Matt Albers to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Albers ultimately had to settle for a minor league deal after struggling with a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 51 1/3 innings in 2016. The 34-year-old became a free agent back in November after the White Sox understandably declined their $3 million club option on him for 2017. He'll try to win a bullpen spot with Washington in the spring. Jan 31 - 2:34 PM

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White Sox declined their $3 million option on RHP Matt Albers.

Albers gets a $250,000 buyout instead and will officially become a free agent early next week. The right-handed reliever finished the 2016 season with a brutal 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 51 1/3 innings.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 01:37:00 PM

Matt Albers will make a spot start Saturday night against the Tigers.

Chris Sale had to be scratched because of a cold. This will be Albers' first start since 2008. He probably won't go more than three or maybe four innings.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Matt Albers scored the go-ahead run and earned the win as the White Sox defeated the Mets 2-1 in 13 innings Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

Albers slugged a leadoff double to left-center in the top of the 13th inning, made it to third base on a wild pitch, and then hustled home on a Jose Abreu sacrifice fly to put the visiting White Sox up 2-1. That was after he had thrown a scoreless frame in the bottom of the 12th, and he did the same in the bottom of the 13th. Vintage deadball-era stuff from the 33-year-old reliever.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 06:08:00 PM

White Sox re-signed RHP Matt Albers to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The deal includes a $3 million club option for 2017. Albers owned a microscopic 1.21 ERA in 37 1/3 innings with the Sox this past season. It's a bit surprising, then, that he was only able to score a one-year deal, but the Sox will almost certainly exercise their option if he pitches anywhere close to as well as he did this past season.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets are expected to have interest in free agent reliever Matt Albers.

Albers missed a large chunk of 2015 due to a fractured pinkie suffered in a brawl, but he posted a 1.21 ERA over 30 appearances when healthy and didn't allow a run over his final 22 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander has averaged just 6.8 K/9 in his career, but he makes up for it with his proven ability to induce ground balls. He could fetch a multi-year deal in this market.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 10:59:00 AM

Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that interest in Matt Albers is "picking up."

Albers missed significant time with a broken finger in 2015 but pitched well when healthy, posting a 1.21 ERA while not allowing a single earned run over his final two months. Nicholson-Smith says multiple teams are interested, so the reliever could net a multi-year contract.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 03:50:00 PM

White Sox activated RHP Matt Albers from the 15-day disabled list.

Albers made eight rehab appearances to show the Sox he was ready. The reliever has been on the shelf since late April due to a fractured pinkie.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Matt Albers (finger) worked a scoreless inning in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

Albers needed just 10 pitches to complete the inning, which included a strikeout. He'll need at least one additional appearance before he's ready to rejoin the White Sox. Expect to see him back in the bullpen in Chicago next week.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Matt Albers (finger) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

He was cleared for game action after getting through a simulated game Tuesday with no issues. "It felt good, so I think I'm on track," Albers said. The reliever is expected to make at least two rehab appearances before being activated.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 10:16:00 PM

Matt Albers (finger) threw a bullpen session on Monday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since he had surgery on a fractured pinkie back in early May. Albers is hoping to return prior to the All-Star break.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 04:28:00 PM

Matt Albers (finger) had pins removed from his right pinkie and is rehabbing the finger.

The White Sox expected him to resume throwing soon, but nothing concrete has been set. Albers has been out since late April after sustaining a fractured pinkie during the team's brawl with the Royals.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 06:43:00 PM

Matt Albers underwent surgery for his finger injury and will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks.

Albers was placed on the disabled list April 25 and his finger hadn't improved much over the last 10 days. The right-handed reliever can now be ruled out until at least mid-June. He injured his finger in Chicago's brawl with the Royals on April 23.
Tue, May 5, 2015 05:45:00 PM

White Sox placed RHP Matt Albers on the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury.

He sustained the finger injury during Thursday's brawl with the Royals. It's a tough break for the White Sox, who are short on reliable arms in the bullpen. It's unclear at the moment how much time Albers may miss.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 01:26:00 PM

White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Matt Albers from Triple-A Charlotte.

Albers was able to avoid any physical issues this spring and will open the season in a middle relief role. He boasts a 2.63 ERA in his last 133 1/3 major league innings, but shoulder problems have plagued him.
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 03:54:00 PM

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1B1Ryan Zimmerman
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3Clint Robinson
4Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
4Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Jeremy Guthrie
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koda Glover
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Trevor Gott
8Enny Romero
9Rafael Martin
10Matt Albers
11Matt Grace
12Joe Nathan
13Neal Cotts