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White Sox acquire Contreras from New York; Yanks get Loiaza

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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox Saturday acquired righthanded pitcher Jose Contreras and cash from the New York Yankees in exchange for pitcher Esteban Loaiza.

Contreras, 32, was inconsistent in 18 games with the Yankees this season, compiling a 8-5 mark with a 5.64 ERA. In 95 2/3 innings pitched, the hard throwing Cuban has allowed 60 earned runs. In two seasons with New York, Contreras has a 15-7 record with a 4.64 ERA to go along with 154 strikeouts in 36 games -- 27 starts. "Jose is a pitcher we have pursued for some time," said White Sox general manager Ken Williams. In Loaiza, the Yankees bolster a starting pitching staff that has been hurt by injuries this season. The 32-year-old Loaiza was 9-5 with a 4.86 ERA in 21 games with the White Sox in 2004. The righthander had a breakout season in 2003, going 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA and a American League-leading 207 strikeouts. In 10 major-league seasons, Loaiza has posted a 99-87 record with Pittsburgh, Texas, Toronto and the White Sox and was an All-Star in 2003 and 2004.

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