White Sox acquire Contreras from New York; Yanks get Loiaza
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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.