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White Sox Agree to Deals With Lee, Wunsch

December 20, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) _ Outfielder Carlos Lee agreed Friday to a $15 million, two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who also agreed to an $800,000, one-year deal with pitcher Kelly Wunsch.

Lee gets $6.5 million next season and $8 million in 2005. Chicago has an $8.5 million option for 2006 with a $500,000 buyout.

Lee, 27, hit .291 last season with 31 homers, 113 RBIs and 18 steals, all career highs. He led the team in RBIs and steals.

Wunsch, 31, was 0-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 43 relief appearances.

Right-hander Jose Santiago and the White Sox agreed to a minor league contract, but the pitcher then notified the team he was changing agents, leaving the status of the deal unclear.

Under the agreement between the team and the agent, Santiago would get a $550,000, one-year contract if he is added to the major league roster and the chance to earn $125,000 in bonuses: $25,000 each for 35, 45, 50, 55 and 60 games played.

Santiago, 29, spent last season with the Cleveland Indians, where he was 1-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 25 games.

He was with Kansas City from 1997-2001 and Philadelphia from 2001-2002. Santiago has a 17-22 record with four saves and a 4.39 ERA.

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