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White Sox agree to terms with right-hander Felipe Paulino


The Chicago White Sox and right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.75-million contract, which includes a club option for 2015.
Under terms of the agreement, Paulino will receive $1.5 million in 2014, while the White Sox hold a $4-million club option for 2015, which includes a $250,000 buyout.
Paulino, 30, spent the 2013 season in the Kansas City Royals organization, combining to go 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA (20 ER/27.2 IP) over seven starts during injury rehabilitation assignments between Class AA Northwest Arkansas and Class AAA Omaha. Paulino made his season debut on June 11 after undergoing ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on July 3, 2012.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Paulino was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA (7 ER/37.2 IP) and 39 strikeouts over seven starts with the Royals in 2012 before undergoing surgery. He limited opponents to an .065 average (2-31) with RISP and left-handers to a .190 mark (16-84) overall.
Paulino, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is 13-32 with a 4.93 ERA (211 ER/385.1 IP) and 359 strikeouts in 93 career appearances (61 starts) over five major-league seasons with Houston (2007, 2009-10), Colorado (2011) and Kansas City (2011-12).
Paulino began his professional career with the Astros after signing as a free agent on July 2, 2001. From 2006-08, he was rated by Baseball America as having the Best Fastball in the Houston system.
With the move, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 38.

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