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
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
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