The White Sox have reached agreement with right fielder Jermaine Dye on a two-year, $22 million contract extension, FOXSports.com has learned. The deal will include a mutual option for a third season. Dye, 33, would be the second potential free agent to remain with the White Sox at a below-market rate, joining left-hander Mark Buerhle, who agreed to a four-year, $56 million extension at the All-Star break.
Dye will receive $9.5 million in 2008 and $11.5 million in 2009. The mutual option is $12 million for 2010, with a $1 million buyout.
Dye had originally spoken of this deal potentially being his last contract but amended that statement to being his last significant multi-year deal. ... "I just wanted to be treated fair, that's it," said Dye, who admitted that he was willing to take less money on the open market in order to be with a team with whom he felt comfortable and had a chance to win a World Series. "I don't want to speculate on money and all that stuff."
There are at least 9 players under the Sox control for 2008, and others like Uribe, Erstad, Cintron, Podsednik, and Crede all have Arb or Team Options.
This extension pretty much guarantees the end of at least one Starter not named Danks and probably Uribe and Crede.
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