07/08/2007 5:17 PM ET
White Sox and pitcher Mark Buehrle agree to terms on four-year extension
CHICAGO -- Left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a four-year, $56-million contract extension through the 2011 season, White Sox General Manager Ken Williams announced today. Under terms of the agreement, Buehrle will be paid $14 million for each of the next four seasons.
Buehrle, 28, is 103-70 with a 3.77 ERA (646 ER/1,543.2 IP) and 898 strikeouts over eight seasons with the White Sox (2000-present).
"There is no question what Mark Buehrle means to this organization, our clubhouse and our fans," said Williams. "He is one of the very best left-handers in the game today. We cannot be happier to reach this agreement with Mark, and now look forward to this team winning games the remainder of this season and in future years with Mark on the mound."
Originally a 38th-round draft pick in 1998, the three-time All-Star (2002, 2005-06) ranks 12th among Sox pitchers on the club's all-time list for wins and has appeared in 246 career games (221 starts) with 21 complete games and seven shutouts. He led the American League in innings twice (2004-05).
Buehrle became the first White Sox pitcher since 1991 to throw a no-hitter when he allowed just one baserunner as he blanked the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on April 18. For the season, the left-hander is 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA (39 ER/115.2 IP), 22 walks and 70 strikeouts in 17 starts. He ranks sixth in the AL in ERA and ninth in IP.
He earned his 100th career victory on June 10 vs. Houston, becoming just the fifth pitcher in history to record each of his first 100 career wins in a White Sox uniform.
Buehrle is one of seven pitchers (eight times) in White Sox history to record 10 or more victories in at least six consecutive seasons (2001-06). The others include Joe Horlen (1963-69), Bill Pierce (1955-61), Ted Lyons (1924-30 and 1932-37), Eddie Cicotte (1913-20) and Ed Walsh (1906-12).
"Mark's consistency and accomplishments in a White Sox uniform speak for themselves," Williams said. "What we value most about Mark, the pitcher, is his constant commitment to the team. Every time he takes the mound, his only concern is that the White Sox win the game. You can't ask for anything more from a player."
Buehrle has thrown 1,492.2 IP since the start of the 2001 season, the second-highest total in the major leagues behind Livan Hernandez. With at least 200.0 IP in each of the past six seasons, Buehrle joins Hernandez, Freddy Garcia and Barry Zito as the only pitchers to reach those levels. He is the only pitcher in White Sox history to make 30 or more starts in six consecutive seasons.
Buehrle, who debuted with the Sox in July 2000 and went 2-0 with one save in the World Series run of 2005, signed a four-year contract with the White Sox in December 2003.