White Sox, MacDougal reach new deal
Reliever avoids arbitration with three-year pact plus option
The White Sox and right-handed pitcher Mike MacDougal agreed to terms on a three-year, $6.45 million contract with a club option for 2010 on Friday, successfully avoiding arbitration.Under the terms of the deal, MacDougal will receive $1.5 million in 2007, $1.95 million in 2008 and $2.65 million in 2009. The team also holds a $3.75 million option for 2010 with a buyout of $350,000. MacDougal, 29, has become one of four power arms for the Sox at the back of the bullpen. Chicago acquired the right-hander from Kansas City on July 24, 2006 in exchange for Minor League pitchers Daniel Cortes and Tyler Lumsden. The right-hander went 1-1 with a 1.55 ERA and one save in 29 relief appearances during his time with the Royals and White Sox in 2006. In six Major League seasons, MacDougal is a career 11-15 with 3.62 ERA and 50 saves. He earned All-Star honors in 2003 and was named Royals Pitcher of the Year in 2005. MacDougal had been eligible to become a free agent following the 2009 season.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.