The White Sox also announced that designated hitter Frank Thomas has exercised the 2006 player option ($10 million) in his contract. Under terms of the contract, the White Sox have five days to exercise a buyout of Thomas' player option.
I expect Thomas to be bought out in the next couple of days. The buyout will cost the Sox $3.5M. The Sox simply can not afford to have a $10M question mark on their payroll. -- I suppose the question will be if Frank will sign an incentive laden deal with the Sox after his contract has been bought out, and how do the Sox structure such a deal?
I know that I want Frank back next season, but I would also be looking at having a backup plan at DH. Erubiel Durazo, something like that.