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Vazquez traded to White Sox for El Duque


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CHICAGO ? (AP) ? Hoping to bolster their starting rotation, the World Series champion White Sox agreed to acquire right-hander Javier Vazquez from Arizona for right-hander Orlando Hernandez, reliever Luis Vizcaino and minor league outfielder Chris Young, a baseball official said Wednesday.


The deal is contingent on the players passing physicals and must be approved by commissioner Bud Selig because Arizona is sending the White Sox cash to help pay part of Vazquez's salary.


The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized. The agreement was first reported by the Chicago Tribune in Wednesday's editions.


It would be the fourth major offseason move by the White Sox since Chicago won its first World Series since 1917. The White Sox re-signed first baseman Paul Konereko and traded for DH Jim Thome and utility player Rob Mackowiak.


Vazquez filed a formal trade demand Nov. 10, the right of veteran players dealt during multiyear contracts. Arizona had until March 15 to trade him or risk having Vazquez become a free agent.


He is owed $11.5 million next year and $12.5 million in 2007.


Vazquez was obtained by the New York Yankees from Montreal after the 2003 season and was an All-Star in his first season with New York, going 14-9 with a 4.75 ERA. But he won just one of his last nine regular-season starts and was traded to Arizona last January as part of the deal that sent Randy Johnson to the Yankees. He went 11-15 with a 4.42 ERA for the Diamondbacks this year.


Hernandez, who pitched in relief in the playoffs, was 9-9 last season and has a career record of 70-49, spending most of his time in the major leagues with the Yankees.


El Duque is signed for next year, with a base salary of $4,625,000. He can earn an additional $2 million in bonuses based on innings, getting the full amount if he pitches 205 innings


Vizcaino joined the White Sox last season as part of a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers that also landed Chicago Scott Podsednik and sent Carlos Lee to the Brewers. He pitched well in the second half after a slow start and finished 6-5 with a 3.73 ERA.


Vazquez has an 89-93 career record, pitching for the Montreal Expos, the Yankees and the Diamondbacks.


Young batted .277 with 26 homers and 77 RBIs for Double-A Birmingham last season and was one of the White Sox's top prospects.

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