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White Sox Agree to Terms on One-Year Contract with Pitcher Bartolo Colon01/15/2009 12:52 PM ET
The Chicago White Sox and right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract. Under terms of the deal, Colon is eligible to earn an additional $2 million during the 2009 season based upon innings pitched.
Colon, 35, is 150-97 with a 4.09 ERA (916 ER/2,014.1 IP) and 1,569 strikeouts in 316 games (313 starts) over 12 major-league seasons with Cleveland (1997-2002), Montreal (2002), the White Sox (2003), Angels (2004-07) and Boston (2008). He is a two-time, 20-game winner, has struck out 150 or more batters seven times and has thrown at least 200.0 IP on seven occasions.
The 5-foot-11, 245-pound Colon spent the 2008 season with Boston, going 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA (17 ER/39.0 IP) and 27 strikeouts in seven starts. He was on the disabled list from June 17-September 7 with back stiffness.
Colon was the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner after going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA (86 ER/222.2 IP) in 33 starts with the Angels. He is a two-time AL All-Star and has made nine starts in the postseason, going 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA (21 ER/52.1 IP), one complete game and 41 strikeouts.
From 1998-2005, Colon ranked second among major-league pitchers in victories (135), fourth in starts (261), fifth in complete games (29), sixth in quality starts (158) and seventh in strikeouts (1,369). During that eight-year stretch, he made at least 30 starts each season and threw at least 200.0 IP seven times.
In his only season with the White Sox in 2003, Colon went 15-13 with a 3.87 ERA (104 ER/242.0 IP) and 173 strikeouts in 34 starts, setting career highs in IP and complete games (nine).
The White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 38.
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