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Buehrle Trade Rumors Over; Signs 4 Year Extension With Chi Sox

Posted by Condo on July 8, 2007

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All those trade rumors regarding Mark Buehrle can finally be put to rest. While watching the MLB Futures game on ESPN2, they interviewed Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams. Williams said during his interview that the White Sox left-handed starter had verbally agreed to a four year extension with the club worth $56 million. ESPN.com is reporting that Buehrle has a no-trade provision in the first season and if he is traded during a window in the 2nd or 3rd season, a fifth-year to the contract is added at $15 million.

The extension comes one day after Buehrle’s 8 inning, 6 hit, shutout performance against division rival Minnesota. This in my opinion is a complete rip-off for the White Sox, it’s obvious that Buehrle REALLY wanted to stay with the White Sox. Seeing as how he would have been a free agent at end of this season and could’ve garnered a considerable amount more than what he receives in this contract extension, the White Sox get the hometown discount. Buehrle for his career is 103-70, with a 3.77 ERA. And not only do the White Sox get a great pitcher, but they get a great guy who really has loyalty towards the team who drafted him in the 38th round in 1998.

In other baseball related news relevant to some of our writers and readers here at ‘The Nasty Boys,’ Homer Bailey was optioned to AAA Louisville today so that ‘he could stay on a consistent pitching schedule’ according to General Manager Wayne Krivisky.  This comes one day after a solid outing of 1 earned run and 2 hits in 5 innings pitched.  Krivisky referred to Bailey’s spot in the roster as ‘wasted’ since he wouldn’t be pitching again in another 9 days if he stayed up due to the All-Star game this Tuesday.  Krivsky also said the length of Bailey’s stay with Louisville was yet to be determined. Unless another Red is placed on the disabled list, Bailey must stay with Louisville for at least 10 days.  Should be interesting to see how this all pans out as Reds fans are growing impatient despite a recent sweep of the Diamondbacks and 6 of 9 wins on the latest home stand heading into the break.  Stay tuned for further developments on the enigma that is, ‘The Deads’.

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