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White Sox Sign Baldwin for $1.9M

January 20, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ Right-hander James Baldwin got a six-fold salary increase Tuesday, agreeing to a $1.9 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Baldwin, 27, was 10-3 with a 3.68 ERA during the second half of last season, finishing 13-6 with a 5.32 ERA.

``James is a key part of our starting rotation for 1999, and it is great to have his contract situation resolved,″ general manager Ron Schueler said.

Baldwin’s 13 victories in 1998 were a career high and marked the third straight season he has won 10 games or more. He also has struck out 100 or more hitters in each of the past three seasons.

Second baseman Ray Durham, the last White Sox player in arbitration, asked for a raise from $1,935,000 to $4.3 million. He was offered $3.35 million.

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