The Chicago White Sox have come to decisions on their three out-standing contract options, picking up the option of right-hander Gavin Floyd while declining the options of third baseman Kevin Youkilis and reliever Brett Myers, the team has announced:
The #WhiteSox also exercised the 2013 club option on the contract of RHP Gavin Floyd. Floyd will earn a base salary of $9.5 million in 2013— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 30, 2012
Additionally, the #WhiteSox have declined 2013 options on the contracts of RHP Brett Myers and 3B Kevin Youkilis— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 30, 2012
While Floyd will receive a nice raise for 2013, Myers and Youkilis will get buyouts of $3 million and $1 million, respectively. The 29-year-old Floyd posted a 4.29 ERA and 7.7 K/9 in twenty-nine starts this season, right in line with his career numbers.
Myers, who was acquired from the Astros in July, would have been very expensive to keep around as solely a reliever with his $10 million price tag. There is still a chance the White Sox will bring him back, but it will be for significantly less money.
Youkilis was a great asset to the White Sox in 2012 – hitting .236/.346/.425 with fifteen home runs in eighty games -- but it’s been known that the team would not exercise his $13 million option for some time. New general manager Rick Hahn will likely work hard to keep Youkilis on the South Side, but not for anything near $13 million.