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According to multiple sources, the Chicago White Sox have taken left-handed starter Mark Buehrle off the market and are close to signing the pitcher to a four-year extension in the $50-60 million range. At various times over the last few weeks, the Mets, Yanks, Red Sox, and Braves had all been linked to Buehrle in trade rumors, but none seemed inclined to part with a top prospect in exchange for a rental player that could leave at the end of the season.

However, that’s not to say that the White Sox are out of the news just yet. According to Newsday, “If they tie up Buehrle to such a team-friendly deal, the White Sox could move more aggressively to shop other starting pitchers like Jose Contreras, Jon Garland or Javier Vazquez, all of whom are signed through 2008 or later.”

Mets GM Omar Minaya has expressed that he would be more willing to part with minor league talent in exchange for a pitcher the team could control beyond this season.

Of course, there is always the chance that Sox GM Kenny Williams is looking to lock up Buehrle in order to trade him for a higher ransom than the free agent-to-be could currently command. Time will tell.

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