White Sox exercise $5 million option on Valentin

Updated: November 6, 2003, 3:17 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Shortstop Jose Valentin's $5 million option was exercised Thursday by the Chicago White Sox.

Valentin, 34, hit .237 with 28 homers and 74 RBIss this year. He had a .969 fielding percentage, the second-highest of his career.

If Chicago had declined the option, the White Sox would have had to pay a $500,000 buyout.

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