Per ESPN.com, Scott Linebrink has signed with the White Sox for 4 years, $19M.  Linebrink’s 31, hasn’t really been anything special since 2005 (113 ERA+ each of the past two years), and has strikeout rates trending the wrong way.  No offense to Kenny Williams (who I’m sure is a reader), but this is a stupid contract.  It may not be crippling for the White Sox, but they’re going to regret it, probably as soon as 2008.

I read somewhere this week that the Reds could/should sign Linebrink for 2 years, $6M or something.  It sure sounded low at the time, and this is proof that the free agent market for relievers has picked up right where it left off last winter.  Not a time to be shopping for bullpen help.