Option play: White Sox keep Buehrle, Dye, Iguchi
CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle, Jermaine Dye and Tadahito Iguchi all were instrumental in helping the Chicago White Sox win the World Series in 2005. Nearly 12 months later, the White Sox decided to retain their services.
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The White Sox on Monday exercised the 2007 club options on the contracts of Buehrle, Dye and Iguchi.
Buehrle, 27, will earn $9.5 million in the option year. The left-hander went 12-13 with a 4.99 ERA over 32 starts last season and is 97-66 with a 3.83 ERA in six-plus campaigns with Chicago.
One of just seven pitchers in franchise history to collect 10 or more wins in six straight seasons, Buehrle went 16-8 with a career-best 3.12 ERA in 2005. He continued his success in the 2005 postseason, going 2-0 with a 3.47 ERA and one save in helping the White Sox end an 88-year drought without a title.
Dye, 33, was named World Series MVP in 2005 and carried that success into last season, batting .315 with career highs of 44 home runs and 120 RBI. The outfielder ranked second in the American League in homers and fifth in RBI.
A two-time All-Star, Dye will receive approximately $6.75 million in 2007. The veteran owns a career .277 average with 236 homers in 11 seasons with the White Sox, the Oakland Athletics, the Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves.
Iguchi, 31, will make $3.25 million next season. A native of Japan, Iguchi batted .281 with 18 homers, 67 RBI and 97 runs in 2006, his second year with the White Sox.
The second baseman batted .278 with 15 homers and 15 stolen bases in his rookie campaign of 2005 and belted a key three-run homer to lift Chicago to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game Two of the AL Division Series.
The White Sox made another roster move on Monday, declining their 2007 option on right-hander Dustin Hermanson. The 33-year-old reliever, who will receive a buyout worth $500,000, missed most of last season with a back injury and posted a 4.05 ERA in just six appearances.
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