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White Sox offer Buehrle salary arbitration

White Sox offer Buehrle salary arbitration

White Sox offer Buehrle salary arbitration
The White Sox offered salary arbitration to free-agent pitcher Mark Buehrle, but declined to offer arbitration to outfielder Juan Pierre, the club announced Wednesday.

Chicago will receive Draft pick compensation between the first and second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft if Buehrle -- a Type B free agent -- declines arbitration and signs with another club. Buehrle made $14 million last season, but is not expected to accept arbitration, as he's likely to command a multiyear deal as a free agent.

Pierre, who earned $8.5 million last year, was also a Type B free agent, but the White Sox opted not to offer him arbitration, meaning they will not be eligible to receive any Draft pick compensation should he sign elsewhere.

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The White Sox remain free to negotiate with and sign any of their remaining free agents, regardless of whether arbitration was offered.

Infielder Omar Vizquel and catcher Ramon Castro -- who were both unranked -- are the club's other free agents.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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