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Good, I was not looking forward to a summer full of "Garland's gonna be traded to xxx!"


CHICAGO (AP) -- Pitcher Jon Garland agreed to a three-year, $29 million contract Wednesday with the 2005 World Series champion Chicago White Sox.


Garland, who was eligible to become a free agent after the 2006 season, will receive $7 million next year, $10 million in 2007 and $12 million in 2008, the White Sox said in a statement.


The right-hander went 18-10 with a 3.50 ERA and led the American League in shutouts last season with the White Sox. He threw three complete games and had 115 strikeouts in 32 starts.


Garland, who made the AL All-Star team last season, went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two postseason starts, including a complete-game victory against Los Angeles in Game 3 of the ALCS.


Garland is 64-61 with a 4.42 ERA in 181 career games over six major league seasons, all with the White Sox.


Joe Crede and Rob Mackowiak are now the only White Sox players eligible for salary arbitration.

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A bargain. Considering what pitchers have been getting this off-season, Kenny Williams did a nice job keeping a 26-year-old sinkerballer here in the south side of Chicago. Now the future of Jose Contreras is at stake. We could trade him or try to sign him up for a couple of years as well, but to what his agent is saying, Contreras is looking for $11mil to $13mil a season.


Keeping the six-man rotation would be very nice, but if Jose Contreras (God only knows how old he really is) can bring us something valuable, then I wouldn?t be against sending him somewhere.

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Last time somebody got a big deal after coming through in a walk year from all of their hype and potential, well look at what happened to Carl Pavano.


We'll see.

It wasn't his walk year though.Oops. Little more reasonable then, Sox gotta hope for a lot of 2005 and very little 2003-2004.

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