White Sox, utilityman Mackowiak agree to deal

Updated: January 4, 2006, 3:10 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The World Series champion Chicago White Sox agreed Wednesday with Rob Mackowiak on a $5.3 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Mackowiak, who was eligible to become a free agent following the 2007 season, will receive $2.25 million in 2006 and $2.75 million in 2007. The White Sox hold a 2008 option at $3.25 million with a buyout of $300,000.

Acquired from Pittsburgh on December 13 for left-handed reliever Damaso Marte, Mackowiak hit a career-best .272 with nine homers and 58 RBI in 142 games with the Pirates last year. The left-handed hitter and utility player made 50 starts at third base, 31 in center field, 17 at second base, 13 in right field and one at first base.

Mackowiak is a .258 career hitter with 52 homers and 221 RBI in 593 games, all with Pittsburgh. Third baseman Joe Crede is the only White Sox player still eligible for arbitration.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press