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Thornton, Ozuna agree to contracts with White Sox

CHICAGO -- Pitcher Matt Thornton agreed Sunday on a $3.25
million, three-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who also
gave utilityman Pablo Ozuna a $1.25 million, one-year extension
through 2009.

Matt Thornton Thornton

Pablo Ozuna Ozuna

The White Sox also purchased the contracts of left-hander John Danks and catcher Gustavo Molina from Triple-A Charlotte and placed
catcher Toby Hall (dislocated right shoulder) on the 15-day
disabled list retroactive to March 26.

Thornton will earn $550,000 this season, $875,000 in 2008 and
$1,325,000 in 2009. The White Sox hold options of $2.25 million for
2010 and $3 million for 2011, with $250,000 buyouts each season.

The 30-year-old left-hander was 5-3 with a 3.33 ERA and 49
strikeouts in 63 appearances last season -- his first with the White
Sox. He had agreed in February to a one-year deal that called for a
salary of $425,000 in the majors and $213,000 in the minors.

Ozuna, who batted .328 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 79 games
last year, will earn $800,000 this season under the one-year
contract he agreed to in December. He gets $1.05 million in 2008,
and the White Sox have a $1.2 million option for 2009 with a
$200,000 buyout.

Danks, acquired in a trade with Texas, earned the fifth spot in
the starting rotation. Hall, who is out indefinitely, was penciled
in as the backup catcher after signing with the White Sox in
December.