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Friday, December 9, 2011
Reinsdorf: White Sox could contend

By Melissa Isaacson

CHICAGO -- It was after the Chicago White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays last Tuesday that it hit team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

"I was talking to [Blue Jays president] Paul Beeston," Reinsdorf said, "and I told him, 'It seems every time I like a player, he gets traded.' "

One day later, Reinsdorf and the Sox said goodbye to a cornerstone of the franchise when pitcher Mark Buehrle agreed to a four-year, $58 million deal with the Miami Marlins.

"He gave us a chance to keep him and I'm sure he would've taken less money to come back," Reinsdorf said of Buehrle. "He just didn't fit into our plans. That's the thing. You can't let personal feelings for players stand in the way of letting the general manager do what he feels is right for the team."

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