12/05/08 10:51 AM EST
Sox ink former Pirates first-round pick
Hurler Van Benschoten signs Minor League deal with Chicago
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
Van Benschoten had informed the club earlier this offseason that he would be filing for free agency and exploring options elsewhere. He did not negotiate with the Pirates.
The 28-year-old starter ends his eight-year stint with the Pirates with a 2-13 record and a 9.20 ERA. He was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2007 and compiled impressive career numbers -- 17-11 with a 3.14 ERA in 44 games (35 starts) -- with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.