The Chicago White Sox agreed Sunday to a four-year, $56 million deal with no-no throwing lefty Mark Buehrle, ending weeks of rotten speculation on whether the ace will stay or go.
Following the 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins yesterday, Buehrle was spotted canoodling with manager Ozzie Guillen and random teammates like JI
JIM THOME in the dugout.
The three-time All-Star could have opted for free agency after this season, considering the no-trade clause the Sox were refusing to enter into the contract language. He still didn't get what he wanted, but there are compensating provisions like no-trading for the first season and if he is traded during the second, third or fourth years, his annual salary will go from $14 million to $15 million.
Buehrle, 28, is 6-4 this season with a 3.03 ERA, striking out 70 batters and walking 22 over 17 contests. He is a rather large asset to a team that is entering the All-Star break with a 39-47 record, sitting a miserable 13 games behind the red hot division-leading Cleveland Indians.
Buehrle is a career 103-70 with a 3.77 ERA.
[Chicago Tribune] | [Foul Balls]