I guess I spoke a little too soon about expecting this move to be done tomorrow or Monday, but the White Sox have exercised their option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
This was a guaranteed move by the White Sox, but I wasn’t expecting it to take place so soon. With exercising the option, Ramirez will now gain a well deserved raise to $2.75 million next season. After next season his 4 year deal will end, but with arbitration he is under White Sox control until 2013. It shouldn’t get to that point because the White Sox are looking to sign him to a long-term deal sometime in the near future.
The White Sox also decided today to not offer a contract to relief pitcher Erick Threets. Threets had a good season last year, going 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 11 starts, but tore a ligament in his elbow and needed to get Tommy John surgery. He is likely out for all of next season, and it would have been stupid for the White Sox to offer a contract to a player that can’t even pitch for them.