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04/01/2006 12:05 PM ET
White Sox, Contreras agree to three-year contract extension
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ATLANTA -- Pitcher Jose Contreras and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension, the club announced this morning before its final exhibition game of the spring.

Under terms of the extension, Contreras, who will make $8 million in 2005, now will be paid $9 million in 2007 and $10 million in 2008 and 2009. With Contreras' extension, each member of the club's current starting rotation is under contract through at least 2007.

"We are pleased to have been able to work this extension out with Jose," said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager. "We have said over and over again that pitching is the priority when it comes to building our club. To have five All-Star caliber starting pitchers all under contract through at least 2007 gives us an outstanding core to our club this year and into the future."

Contreras, 34, helped pitch the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005, going 15-7 with a 3.61 ERA (82 ER/204.2 IP) and 154 strikeouts in 32 starts. The right-hander established career highs in victories, starts, IP and strikeouts and went 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA (34 ER/103.1 IP) after the All-Star Break. He added a 3-1 mark with a 3.09 ERA (11 ER/32.0 IP) in four postseason starts.

Over three Major League seasons, the native of Cuba has gone 35-18 with a 3.61 ERA (212 ER/446.0 IP) and 376 strikeouts in 81 games (72 starts) with the Yankees (2003-04) and White Sox (2004-05). He was acquired by the White Sox from New York on July 31, 2004.

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