WHITE SOX EXERCISE 2007 OPTIONS ON MARK BUEHRLE, JERMAINE DYE AND TADAHITO IGUCHI; DECLINE ON DUSTIN HERMANSON
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have exercised the 2007 club options on the contracts of left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle, outfielder Jermaine Dye and second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. The White Sox also declined the 2007 club option on right-handed pitcher Dustin Hermanson.
Under terms on the contracts, Buehrle will earn $9,500,000 in 2007, Dye will receive $6,750,000 or $7,000,000 pending results of American League postseason award balloting, and Iguchi will earn a $3,250,000 base salary. Hermanson will receive a $500,000 buyout on the $3,650,000 club option.
Buehrle, 27, went 12-13 with a 4.99 ERA (113 ER/204.0 IP) in 32 starts for the White Sox in 2006. He suffered his first career losing record but became the first pitcher in Sox history to make 30 or more starts in six consecutive seasons.
Buehrle also became one of seven pitchers in franchise history to record 10 or more victories in six straight campaigns, and he is one of four active pitchers to throw at least 200.0 IP in each of the last six seasons.
Dye, 33, was named to The Sporting News All-Star Team after hitting .315 with a career-high 44 home runs and 120 RBI in 146 games. Dye’s 44 home runs are the second-highest total in Sox history behind Albert Belle’s 48 in 1998.
The 2005 World Series Most Valuable Player ranked second in the AL in 2006 in home runs, third in slugging percentage (.622), tied for third in total bases (335), fifth in RBI, tied for fifth in extra-base hits (74) and seventh in average with runners in scoring position (.351). Dye has hit 75 home runs in two seasons with the White Sox.
Iguchi, 31, batted .281 with 18 home runs, 67 RBI and 97 runs scored in 138 games in 2006, his second with the White Sox after spending eight seasons in Japan. Iguchi led all AL second basemen in home runs and runs scored and ranked third in RBI and slugging percentage (.420). His .988 fielding percentage was sixth among AL second basemen.
Hermanson, 33, missed most of the 2006 season with lower back inflammation, returning to the Sox in September to go 0-0 with a 4.05 ERA (3 ER/6.2 IP) in six relief appearances. Hermanson recorded a 2.04 ERA (13 ER/57.1 IP) and 34 saves for the White Sox in 2005.