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09/30/2011 4:03 PM ET
White Sox and pitcher Sergio Santos agree to terms on a three-year contract with three club options
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CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox and right-handed pitcher Sergio Santos have agreed to terms on a three-year, $8.25-million contract with club options for 2015-17.

Santos, 28, became the eighth pitcher (16th time) in White Sox history to record 30 saves in 2011, going 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA (25 ER/63.1 IP) and 92 strikeouts in 63 relief appearances. He ranked among American League relief leaders in strikeouts (2nd), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (3rd, 13.07), opponents average (6th, .181), saves (8th) and save percentage (8th, 83.3).

Under the terms of the agreement, Santos will receive $1 million in 2012, $2.75 million in 2013 and $3.75 million in 2014. The White Sox hold a $6-million club option in 2015, an $8-million option in 2016 and an $8.75-million option in 2017. Santos was scheduled to be arbitration eligible following the 2012 season and eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.

Santos will receive a $750,000 buyout payment if any of the three club options are declined by the club.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder limited right-handed hitters to a .132 (15-114) average, and made a major-league record 25 straight scoreless appearances (26.2 IP) on the road to start the season from April 2-August 30.

Santos is 6-7 with a 3.29 ERA (42 ER/115.0 IP), 31 saves and 148 strikeouts in 119 relief appearances in two seasons with the White Sox (2010-11). His 11.58 strikeouts per 9.0 IP since 2010 is the fourth-best mark among AL relievers.

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