CHICAGO (AP) - The White Sox have offered salary arbitration to free agent first baseman Paul Konerko and right-handed pitcher J.J. Putz and would receive extra picks in June’s amateur draft if they sign with new clubs.
The team declined to offer arbitration to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski and designated hitter Manny Ramirez.
Konerko finished fifth in the AL MVP balloting after batting .312 with 39 homers and 111 RBIs last season. Putz was 7-5 with a 2.83 ERA and three saves in 60 appearances.
Pierzynski batted .312 with nine homers and 56 RBIS. Ramirez, a late-season acquisition, batted .261 in 24 games with a homer and two RBIS.
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