Alexei to Extend Stay on South Side, Freddy to Don Pinstripes


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With the days dwindling down before pitchers and catchers report on February 17, the White Sox made some news and heard some news yesterday.
First, sources say that the Sox have reached an agreement with shortstop Alexei Ramirez on a four-year, $32.5 million extension with an option for a fifth year. This is certainly a positive move as Alexei came into his own last season as he led A.L. shortstops in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs and total bases. Ramirez also won the Silver Slugger Award, the first Sox shortstop to do so.
The other news item making the rounds was the fact Freddy Garcia has signed a minor league contract with the Yankees. There was some thought that he may return to the Sox after his respectable 12-6 season a year ago. But it seems the uncertainty of a starting role and the reality that the Sox budget has pretty much dried up, convinced Garcia to sign elsewhere.
The back end of the Yankee rotation is in flux, but it’s no certainty that Freddy will make the club. He will be competing with former White Sox hurler Bartolo Colon, Sergio Mitre, Ivan Nova and others for one, maybe two spots, depending on whether Andy Pettitte decides to return.
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2 Comments

The Cuban Missile being locked up for 4 more years is a good deal. He’s just 29 and should be able to produce solid stats through the life of the contract.

Garcia had a decent year, but I don’t think the Sox will miss him.
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Clearly there aren’t many quality major league starters left on the market if Bartolo is still getting a look from New York.

This could be a tough year for the Yanks at least as far as starting pitching is concerned.

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