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White Sox sign reliever Mitchell Boggs

With eight days before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the White Sox added another veteran to their bullpen.

The Sox announced Friday the signing of right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs to a one-year, $1.1-million deal. Boggs, who was a free agent after the Rockies non-tendered him in December, will be under team control through 2015.

The 29-year-old Boggs is 13-15 with a 4.12 ERA in 241 games during his six-year career with the Cardinals and the Rockies.

He is the fourth free-agent pitcher the Sox have signed this offseason, along with right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario, left-handed reliever Scott Downs and right-handed starter Felipe Paulino. The four acquisitions, all at least 29, provide a bigger veteran presence to a young group of Sox pitchers.

Sox general manager Rick Hahn said often this offseason that while he likes the club's stock of pitchers, he always is looking to add more.

"I don't think you ever feel comfortable you have enough pitching, starting or relief," he said last month.

The Rockies acquired Boggs via trade from the Cardinals in July. He made 27 relief appearances between the two teams in 2013, going 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA and two saves. He was 2-for-5 on save opportunities in April and May as the Cardinals closer when Jason Motte went down with an elbow injury.

In 2012, Boggs went 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 34 holds in 78 appearances.

The Sox are searching for a closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks in exchange for third-base prospect Matt Davidson in December. Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom and Daniel Webb are among the candidates the Sox have said could fill the role.

Right-handed pitcher Deunte Heath was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte to clear room on the 40-man roster for Boggs. Heath will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Sox pitchers and catchers report to Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 15, and position players report Feb. 20.

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