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Future uncertain, Lindstrom wants to return

Future uncertain, Lindstrom wants to return

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CHICAGO -- Reliever Matt Lindstrom, who the White Sox hold a $4 million option or $500,000 buyout for in 2014, is in a holding pattern, like many other players on the current roster. But the veteran right-hander would like to return, reiterating a sentiment he has stated a couple of times previously.

"It would be nice to be a part of this team next year," Lindstrom said. "Showing the fans, showing ourselves, showing a lot of other people that we are a lot better than what we've shown on the field this year."

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Lindstrom ranks second among American League relievers in double plays induced at 15 and third in appearances at 76 as of Sunday. He entered Sunday with a 3.12 ERA and would be a valuable veteran late-inning presence among the young relievers.

The White Sox have to decide if they want to pay $4 million for a reliever used in the seventh and eighth innings.

"I would like to be part of that process of putting a winning team on the field next year," Lindstrom said. "I'm not really sure what direction they are going to go.

"They have a lot of good young arms, and they might go with those guys. I'm prepared to deal with whatever comes my way, as I have in years past. But I see a lot of good young talent in this clubhouse. It will be fun to be a part of that."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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