White Sox, utilityman Mackowiak agree to deal

CHICAGO -- The World Series champion Chicago White Sox
agreed Wednesday with Rob Mackowiak on a $5.3 million, two-year
contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Mackowiak, who was eligible to become a free agent following the
2007 season, will receive $2.25 million in 2006 and $2.75 million
in 2007. The White Sox hold a 2008 option at $3.25 million with a
buyout of $300,000.

Acquired from Pittsburgh on December 13 for left-handed reliever
Damaso Marte, Mackowiak hit a career-best .272 with nine homers and
58 RBI in 142 games with the Pirates last year. The left-handed
hitter and utility player made 50 starts at third base, 31 in
center field, 17 at second base, 13 in right field and one at first

Mackowiak is a .258 career hitter with 52 homers and 221 RBI in
593 games, all with Pittsburgh. Third baseman Joe Crede is the only
White Sox player still eligible for arbitration.