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Monday, January 20
Updated: March 13, 4:35 PM ET
 
Gordon agrees to one-year deal with White Sox

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Tom Gordon agreed Monday to a $1.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox following a 2002 season that was cut short by a muscle tear in his right shoulder.

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Gordon, 35, was traded from the Chicago Cubs to Houston last year and had a 0.92 ERA in 19 2-3 innings for the Astros. After missing much of the first half because of the injury, he finished a combined 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA with no saves in 34 appearances.

The White Sox were in need of bullpen depth after trading reliever Antonio Osuna to New York Yankees last week in a three-team deal that brought starter Bartolo Colon to Chicago.

Gordon was the AL's top closer in 1998 with 46 saves, but missed almost two years because of elbow problems. He had ligament replacement surgery in December 1999, and spent the next 16 months rehabilitating.

He started the next season on the disabled list after straining his right triceps during a weightlifting session in spring training. Gordon returned and converted 27 saves for the Cubs.

In addition to his base salary, he can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses.






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