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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox bought out Frank Thomas for $3.5 million on Friday, making the best slugger in team history eligible for free agency.

    The 37-year-old Thomas exercised a $10 million mutual option for next season on Monday, giving the team five days to decide whether to exercise its half. The White Sox could try to re-sign the two-time AL MVP for less money.

    "There should be no question about the respect this organization has for Frank and all that he has helped us accomplish, including a World Series championship," general manager Ken Williams said in a statement. "He is the greatest hitter in White Sox history. At the same time, it is my responsibility to make the best decisions I can on behalf of the organization. Our plan now is to continue to speak with Frank and his representatives over the coming months as more information is known about his health."

    Thomas, who has missed most of the past two years with foot and ankle problems, hit .219 with 12 homers in just 105 at-bats last season. He missed the first two months while recovering from surgery on his left ankle, then broke the ankle in July, ending his season.

    A career .307 hitter with 448 homers and 1,465 RBI, Thomas is the team's leader in most offensive categories. He has spent his entire career with the White Sox and has said he wants to return.

    Thomas' agent, Arn Tellem, did not return calls seeking comment.

    In another move, Chicago agreed to a $650,000, one-year contract with backup catcher Chris Widger, a $150,000 raise from his base salary this year.
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  • #2
    Good move.

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    • #3
      QUOTE(Johnny H @ Nov 4 2005, 03:31 PM) Quoted post
      In another move, Chicago agreed to a $650,000, one-year contract with backup catcher Chris Widger, a $150,000 raise from his base salary this year.
      [/b][/quote]

      He most certainly earned it.

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      • #4
        QUOTE(backstop @ Nov 4 2005, 03:33 PM) Quoted post

        QUOTE(Johnny H @ Nov 4 2005, 03:31 PM) Quoted post
        In another move, Chicago agreed to a $650,000, one-year contract with backup catcher Chris Widger, a $150,000 raise from his base salary this year.
        [/b][/quote]

        He most certainly earned it.
        [/b][/quote]

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        • #5
          Chris Widger makes $650,000 a year, and Jeff Fassero is still pitching in the major leagues.

          Amazin'.
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          • #6
            QUOTE(kennyboyerfan @ Nov 4 2005, 04:06 PM) Quoted post

            Chris Widger makes $650,000 a year, and Jeff Fassero is still pitching in the major leagues.

            Amazin'.
            [/b][/quote]

            That's a good point. He does deserve more.

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            • #7
              Big Hurt should've been bought out years ago.


              He should just take his $3.5 mil. severance, WS ring, & call it a career.

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              • #8
                QUOTE(goon attack @ Nov 4 2005, 01:32 PM) Quoted post

                Good move.
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                • #9
                  I still think it's a good move but I cannot prove it.

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(goon attack @ Nov 4 2005, 06:54 PM) Quoted post

                    I still think it's a good move but I cannot prove it.
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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(backstop @ Nov 4 2005, 05:09 PM) Quoted post

                      QUOTE(kennyboyerfan @ Nov 4 2005, 04:06 PM) Quoted post

                      Chris Widger makes $650,000 a year, and Jeff Fassero is still pitching in the major leagues.

                      Amazin'.
                      [/b][/quote]

                      That's a good point. He does deserve more.
                      [/b][/quote]

                      Is he the guy you're moving in with?
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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(lasvegasreb @ Nov 4 2005, 06:58 PM) Quoted post

                        QUOTE(backstop @ Nov 4 2005, 05:09 PM) Quoted post

                        QUOTE(kennyboyerfan @ Nov 4 2005, 04:06 PM) Quoted post

                        Chris Widger makes $650,000 a year, and Jeff Fassero is still pitching in the major leagues.

                        Amazin'.
                        [/b][/quote]

                        That's a good point. He does deserve more.
                        [/b][/quote]

                        Is he the guy you're moving in with?
                        [/b][/quote]

                        I wish.

                        (sigh)

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                        • #13
                          so he got a ring as well right?

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                          • #14
                            sign Big Hurt..........move Pujols to left.
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