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DumpJerry
10-06-2004, 01:21 AM
From ESPN's site:



CHICAGO -- Reliever Cliff Politte (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5960) agreed Monday to a one-year, $1 million extension through next year with the Chicago White Sox.

The club will have an option for 2006 at a salary of $1.2 million with a buyout of $100,000.

Politte originally signed a one-year deal in January and the White Sox had an option for 2005 at $1.3 million.

Politte went 0-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 54 relief appearances this season, his first with the White Sox. He limited batters to a .208 average.

He did not pitch after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Sept. 1. He has a 13-20 record and 4.50 ERA in 230 major league games.




This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire)

Looks like the Sox saved $300,000 so they can pay Everett some more money.

MisterB
10-06-2004, 03:07 AM
Slight factual mistake in that wire report. It should read:
Politte went 0-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 54 relief appearances this season, his first with the White Sox. He limited right-handed batters to a .208 average.
Lefties hit .351 off him...

CubKilla
10-06-2004, 11:06 AM
Yippee!!!!!

Flight #24
10-06-2004, 11:12 AM
Solid move to bring Cliff back at a pretty decent salary, and give the team the option on 06 with a low buyout.

MUsoxfan
10-06-2004, 11:43 AM
I like Cliff. After a shaky start, there was nobody more consistently good than him. I know we'd all rather resign "The Thriller" Mike Jackson for the $1m

Lip Man 1
10-06-2004, 12:48 PM
Look at the number of walks he allowed this season. Not a good thing to do when you already have Neil 'Mr. Walk' Cotts and Jon 'Mr. Gopher' Adkins in it.

That money could have been better spent on other relief pitchers who are or will be out there who can actually find the plate.

Lip

Flight #24
10-06-2004, 01:00 PM
Look at the number of walks he allowed this season. Not a good thing to do when you already have Neil 'Mr. Walk' Cotts and Jon 'Mr. Gopher' Adkins in it.

That money could have been better spent on other relief pitchers who are or will be out there who can actually find the plate.

Lip
Dig a little deeper. He posted a solid-but-not-great 1.44 WHIP, and actually improved significantly after a terrible start. June-Sep his WHIP dropped to 1.28, which isn't that far off of Guillermo Mota's 1.16,and he's only one of the top RP's in the game. For $1mil, that's a good buy, you won't find guys that cheap in FA that frequently, and since the Sox need more than 1 guy like that, it's especially good to hold onto one they've already got.

By comparison, Mota made 1.5 mil this year, Gordon 3.5. Both of those should go up next year.

Brian26
10-06-2004, 01:04 PM
Slight factual mistake in that wire report. It should read:

Lefties hit .351 off him...

Thanks for that. I was wondering how in the HELL Politte had limited ANYONE to .208 this season. Makes sense now.

nodiggity59
10-06-2004, 02:31 PM
Cliff Politte = the perfect litmus test for Sox bashers. Why? Look at the Yankess bullpen. Their number two right handed setup guy right now? Tanyon Sturtz.

Politte is just fine as the second right handed setup, or #4 option. We just need one more arm of at minumum Shingo and Marte quality.

SoxxoS
10-06-2004, 02:38 PM
This move was fine. He is a quality arm against right handers. Buckles late in games, though. (Walking in the winning run against the Tigers (I think) was an embarassment for all involved.