CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago White Sox and pitcher Bill Simas agreed Monday on a two-year contract worth $3,275,000 and avoided a scheduled arbitration hearing.

Simas gets $1.35 million this year and $1,925,000 in 2001, up from $1.15 million.

``I am very pleased we were able to reach this last-minute agreement with Bill that satisfied both sides,'' White Sox general manager Ron Schueler said. ``Arbitration is always a last resort, and we are happy to have Bill signed for two years.''

Simas, 28, went 6-3 with a 3.75 ERA and two saves for the White Sox last season. He led the White Sox with 70 relief appearances in 1999.

He had asked for $1.65 million in arbitration and had been offered $1.35 million.