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White Sox agree to terms with Pitcher Chris Flexen; designate Carlos Perez for assignment

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.75-million contract with right-handed pitcher Chris Flexen and designated catcher Carlos Pérez for assignment.

Flexen, 29, split the 2023 season between Seattle and Colorado, combining to go 2-8 with a 6.86 ERA (78 ER/102.1 IP) and 74 strikeouts in 29 games (16 starts). He began the season with the Mariners before being designated for assignment on June 27. Flexen was traded to the New York Mets on July 3, released on July 6 and signed by the Rockies as a free agent on July 13.

Flexen, 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, is 27-34 with a 4.95 ERA (268 ER/487.2 IP) and 343 strikeouts in 120 career games (80 starts) over six major-league seasons with the Mets (2017-19), Mariners (2021-23) and Colorado (2023).

From 2021-22, Flexen combined to go 22-15 with a 3.66 ERA (129 ER/317.1 IP), 220 strikeouts and a 1.29 WHIP in 53 starts with Seattle. He tied for second in the American League in 2021 with a career-high 14 victories, ranked seventh with a 3.61 ERA and 179.2 IP and tied for eighth with 31 starts.

Flexen originally was selected by the Mets in the 14th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Newark Memorial (Calif.) High School.

Pérez, 27, appeared in 27 games with the White Sox in 2023, hitting .204 (10-49) with four doubles, one home run, three RBI and five runs scored.

The White Sox 40-man roster remains at 40.

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