White Sox's Garland gets 3-year, $29M deal

Baseball Notes

December 29, 2005

Jon Garland might have signed a longer contract for more money next year. But that didn't matter to him.

The Chicago White Sox pitcher agreed to a three-year, $29 million contract yesterday with the 2005 World Series champions and avoided salary arbitration.

"I love the city," Garland, 26, said during a conference call with reporters. "It's where I wanted to play, where I wanted to be. And I'm happy to be there."

The right-hander who was eligible to become a free agent after the 2006 season, will receive $7 million next year, $10 million in 2007 and $12 million in 2008, according to the White Sox.

Chicago and its fans certainly do. He went 18-10 with a 3.50 ERA and led the American League with three shutouts last season with the White Sox. He threw three complete games and struck out 115 in 32 starts.

Yankees -- Infielder Miguel Cairo and the team neared agreement on a one-year, $1 million contract. Cairo was with the Yankees in 2004, winning the starting job at second base during the second half of the season and winding up with a .292 average and 42 RBIs.

Mets -- Reliever Chad Bradford agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with New York after a season marked by back surgery and his trade from Oakland to Boston. The right-hander, 31, did not allow a run in 23 of his 31 appearances. He appeared in 21 games for Boston after his midseason trade.

World Baseball Classic -- Venezuela offered to host part of next year's World Baseball Classic in place of Puerto Rico and suggested moving the final to Canada, proposals aimed at keeping Cuba in the 16-team tournament. Such an arrangement would open the way for communist-led Cuba to participate in the first World Cup-style baseball tournament. Cuba is banned from playing on U.S. soil, and Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth.

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